Check this Bum Out

Check this Bum Out

Since last weekend, this past week has had me in a state of blog redress… the result is I’m paying more attention to what ye readers are saying because criticism is there for a reason (of course if you’re banging on about how fat I am, alas I have no answer to that other than to eat more fish and chips…).  Someone reminded me that I hadn’t posted about Basso & Brooke (though I have actually in the past on several occasions…) and so some beautiful SS09 deets went up.  Someone else chirped that my wardrobe is runneth over with designer garb and I countered with a poor man’s outfit that cost about a tenner. 

It’s quite tragic that I’m on this little defensive trip.  Call it a strange guilt of sorts.  Blogger’s penance?!?

Anyhow, on the same tact, someone else has called me up on my lack of eco-friendly fashion or rather lack of coverage.  Now I’m not arsed to dig up the number of posts where I HAVE discussed this matter in some shape or form but I can safely say that it is numerous.  My main gripe is that eco/sustainable/organic fashion is really not at the level where it’s accessible to everyone and nor on an aesthetic level is it emotive enough for me to muse about it properly without sounding like I’m preaching "You should buy this PURELY because it’s eco/sustainable/organic and not because it looks great." 

The sentiments above have already been expanded upon elsewhere on the blog (again, regular readers will know the dealio…).  I digress.  I’ll stop.  I’m beginning to annoy myself really.  Yesterday, the last of the sample sale activity for 2008 happened at the Macbeth pub in Hoxton (the venue of the Dazed XMas party so there was a distinct whiff of vomit in the air…) where I picked up some last minute Crimbo gifts and also patted myself on the BUM with this skirt by recycled fabric label Good One.

Their website is a comprehensive one so I’ll keep the blather to a minimum.  The concept isn’t a new one so you know the score – hand-picked, locally-sourced, recycled fabrics get turned into clothing.  It ain’t expensive, it’s not rocket science and it’s just good old fashioned fun stuff. I say a pat on the BUM because it’s quite literally a BUM HEART skirt…. ah… the way you used to draw bums as a child in a perfect heart shape…


You can go for accentuating your boobs if you like as they have a number of bra outline dresses on sale on their e-shop



Yet another take on Anya (I wonder if she’s regretting doing that bag…?)’s ‘I’m not a plastic bag…’ The peeps at Good One do have a point…


Another reader has also noted my recent melancholy palette of subdued colours.  Is it a style change?  Is it a sign of the gloomy times?  Nope… the colours are still there… just that of late, I’ve accumulated a lot of interested textures in grey/black…. put together my H&M lace top, my Inside Out mohair-trompe d’oeil printed silk top, Good One Bum Heart skirt and H&M grey floral tights and hopefully I’m not portraying a picture of dreary times…



You guys sure do make the brain work overtime… but I luvs ya for it…


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  1. Sarah

    2008-12-19 at 5:21 PM

    Have you heard of Noir? They’re a Danish high-fashion label that are dedicated to ethical, sustainable fashion. Check out their SS09 lookbook/campaign. Love the bleached, washed-out but dark 70s feel to it.
    Great blog, by the way! I look forward to reading it everyday when I come back from my morning lectures. Refreshingly different and resoundingly unpretentious compared to most other fashion blogs out there.

  2. susie_bubble

    2008-12-19 at 5:22 PM

    Yup…have actually written about Noir before… love their new collection! But I think they need to rethink their price points a little…

  3. Sarah

    2008-12-19 at 5:23 PM

    I forgot, their link’s

  4. mer

    2008-12-19 at 5:23 PM

    Nice outfit! I find the bra jumper a bit too much, but I love the skirt.
    (would you tell us about your new ebay adquisition? ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. susie_bubble

    2008-12-19 at 5:25 PM

    Mer: You twitter fiend! No…it’s a gift for someone…nothing fashion related but I’ve won it and I’m HAPPY!

  6. Sarah

    2008-12-19 at 5:26 PM

    Yep, quite possibly- it is a tad expensive. I’ve no idea what the quality is like though in relation to price.

  7. Rabenschwarz

    2008-12-19 at 5:30 PM

    i adore this outfit, it look stunning on you.

  8. WendyB

    2008-12-19 at 5:40 PM

    Why don’t you just put your feet up and turn the blog over to the bitchy critics? While you take a well-deserved rest, let them see if they do it so much better than you do. Honestly, why don’t people start their own blogs if they have so much to say.

  9. fashion herald

    2008-12-19 at 5:44 PM

    love greys and black – did you tear up the h&m lace shirt a bit? love it.

  10. Frances

    2008-12-19 at 6:02 PM

    That skirt is such a lovely take on the ol’ christmas jumper situation. It’s almost the same pattern as er, a full on dirndl skirt that a Swedish man attempted to sell me a few weeks ago. But nicer, as his whole stall smelt of Alpaca.

  11. Isabel

    2008-12-19 at 6:03 PM

    I love you Susie bubble! I for one, am enjoying your responses to different people’s gripes. it makes the blog sort of like a running dialogue…

  12. Loulou

    2008-12-19 at 6:09 PM

    On the subject of eco wear, my dear friend just launched her collection Rani Jones at this Autumns Fashion week and I think you’d like it. – high fashion and eco conscious, some of the pieces are so beautiful and not a bit of hemp in sight!…sadly even with a friendly discount I can’t afford them!
    xo Loulou

  13. Alline

    2008-12-19 at 6:23 PM

    Gorgeous, not a tad bit fat and utterly fashionable as always!!

  14. Maeko

    2008-12-19 at 6:24 PM

    Whoa, those skirts’re quite crazy! But I love the curves they add to one’s body.
    It looks LOVELY on you. I rather love that outfit.

  15. Annie

    2008-12-19 at 6:26 PM

    I hope I didn’t upset you too much by pointing out the color issue!!!!
    You’re style is perfect and I think all of your outfits are lovely (especially this one!) It wasn’t a criticim, just an observation I made.
    (BTW, any outfit you wear that has melancholy tones in it still looks prettier and more cheerful than what most other fashion bloggers and magazine editors put on each day.)

  16. henshin

    2008-12-19 at 6:48 PM

    I really like your shoes. Where did you get them? They kind of look like some shoes by Jeffrey Campbell, are they perhaps?

  17. Brandon

    2008-12-19 at 7:11 PM

    So does this count as an upcycled item? all these different eco terms spinning around in my head i cant keep track. TBH i kind of find the stuff a little too gimicky (i know me finding something gimicky!) but as usual you pull it off in a lovely fashion. Oh also its snowing crazily any recomendations on interesting snow boots? One last thing i found the most amazing thrift store ever, all the big name designers at prices like $30! Dior brocade jacket was $20!

  18. Mona

    2008-12-19 at 7:12 PM

    Love the outfit on you today, actually. I agree with the eco friendly point you made. Personally, while I’m all for eco-friendly things, as a designer, I feel it can be somewhat limiting as far as designing and as far as personal style goes. I’m going to wear something because I like it, end of.
    I think this new eco-friendly trend is starting to take it’s toll on the fashion world much like that of the PETA. More complaining, more protesting, more criticism. While I understand and respect the causes, as an artist I find it irritating.
    Kudos to you for addressing your readers. Hope you’re well,
    x. Mona

  19. floraposte

    2008-12-19 at 7:25 PM

    You really make a muted palette work for you but glad you haven’t sworn off the colours for good though! There are too many people out there living colourlessly in black and greige.
    Great outfit and you are right about eco-fashion a lot of it may be sound and ethical but it is unfortunately frequently less than fashionable. What is the quality of the skirt like?

  20. Leah

    2008-12-19 at 8:32 PM

    this is such a cool outfit, i absolutely LOVE it. the patterns are fabulous together. black and grey has never looked so colorful!

  21. Yvonne Gao

    2008-12-19 at 8:41 PM

    in reply to ‘mer’ … what’s a bra jumper?

  22. Cranberry Shades

    2008-12-19 at 8:56 PM

    You shouldn’t feel like you should appease the masses- they will always find fault. I always admired your style for it’s quirkiness even if I didn’t think, “oh awesome, i wanna look like that”…I did think, “she’s dedicated to her style and her blog”…why does everyone have to conform…I, for one, am sick and tired of the same old H&M inspired looks-nothing new. Your blog celebrates personal style and you seem to enjoy fashion. So, you can afford to splurge now and then- why is that a problem for the rest of the blogosphere? I just feel disenchanted by your defense and I feel bad for you, which I’m sure you don’t want….why are you even bothering with these idiots?
    I’m sorry for my rambling but I’m sick of people being so sucky to others for no reason.
    I love stylebubble, for the posts, pictures, information and the links!

  23. KD

    2008-12-19 at 9:26 PM

    Mere words cannot express how I love this post. Your outfit is amazing, that skirt is lovely and slightly saucy and I love the clothes of that company, and I love that it’s eco-friendly, and I LOVE that bag. I hated the original Anya Hindmarch one with a burning passion and this one (as well as the tops/skirts) make me laugh.

  24. KD

    2008-12-19 at 9:38 PM

    I love that skirt, that site, that bag, that outfit . . . you must be getting sick of my constant Susie-love, but my excuse is that you are my fashion idol! If you don’t mind me asking, how much was the skirt? I love it so much . . .

  25. Iheartfashion

    2008-12-19 at 9:42 PM

    Lovely outfit Susie!
    The shadowy stockings are great.


    2008-12-19 at 9:51 PM

    Awe Susie!! How can someone so talented, stylish and inspirational have any self doubt!?
    You’re awesome and I am only one of MANY MANY MANY who adore your blog and all the heart you put into it!!

  27. kirsty

    2008-12-19 at 9:52 PM

    oh i wish i went to that sample sale now but i got tired and went home ๐Ÿ™ damn my laziness

  28. winnie

    2008-12-19 at 9:56 PM

    Don’t change a single thing Susie, the majority of us love you the way you are!
    Also I totally love that skirt, I’m skipping on right over to the website. Wow.

  29. missmilki

    2008-12-19 at 9:57 PM

    Love the skirt – and the whole outfit. I love that its a limited palette but full of texture and interest. I dream of pulling together an outfit as good as this some day! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. Frankie - Swell Vintage

    2008-12-19 at 10:10 PM

    You don’t need to worry about what silly jealous people say. Keep doing what you do.
    I love that skirt! Lush.

  31. jess

    2008-12-19 at 10:32 PM

    the mohair top looks amazing!

  32. SOS!

    2008-12-19 at 10:51 PM

    The bum skirt looks very good on you ms bubble! The bra top is interesting..I wonder if there are built in cups..hmm!
    and it’s great that you listen to your readers. I got to say, we love you Susie!
    xx-LJ from SOS!

  33. penny

    2008-12-19 at 10:52 PM

    i love your outfits, and i love your blog! x

  34. Helen

    2008-12-19 at 10:59 PM

    i love the mohair top. My response is always that buying second hand or vintage clothing is much more eco friendly than buying newly made, fairly traded, bamboo silk etc. Especially as fairly traded stuff is often flown to the Uk, and bamboo is generally farmed in China, a country not known for it’s ethical practice.

  35. AusAnna

    2008-12-19 at 11:32 PM

    you have a beautiful figure lady, dont let anyone tell you different!
    love the outfit as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Alecca Rox

    2008-12-19 at 11:44 PM

    Heart bum skirt and knitted bra top rrrock. They are so sexy yet revealing nothing. Great find. I am in Athens at the mo so will have to check if they’d mail it over.
    Eco-fashion does not necessarily mean wearing organic staff. Second hand, vintage, re-usable shopping bags are all valid ways to approach the whole matter. After all, it’s down to the designers whether they want to give shape to their creations by using ecologic materials…
    Looove ur blog;) Keep doing what u do.

  37. Imelda M

    2008-12-19 at 11:45 PM

    I’ll gladly take on some of your critics…I’ve been up for a stoush for the last 12 months but no-ones game enough ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Anonymous

    2008-12-20 at 12:04 AM

    What idiot called you fat?!?!? your figure is perfect. you shouldnt let (non constructive) critiscism get to you.
    i know once someone says something mean even if deep down you know theyre just bitter there’l always be a little voice in your head wondering if they had a point, but you have to think about the sort of person that will go to actual effort to upset somebody without any motive and whether thats the sort of person whos advice you want to take anyway.
    i think your blogs marvellous anyway and you should just remember the important thing is your happy with yourself, that your bf obviously is and as a bonus zillions of your readers are too

  39. Serena

    2008-12-20 at 12:04 AM

    Susie I really love your blog! Almost as good as your pics is the cheeky (not too bitter or superficial, but just you!) prose that makes your points so damn funny and this blog unlike any other…
    Keep up the amazing, quirky and innovative outfits! ๐Ÿ˜€
    and Happy Holidays~

  40. Zofia

    2008-12-20 at 12:18 AM

    where are your shoes from please???

  41. Susan

    2008-12-20 at 12:35 AM

    Though I think it’s an interesting aspect of your blog that you really do listen to your readers, any criticism you recieve shouldn’t get to you. The point of a blog is to put across your own style and what you love and that is why so many people love yours!!

  42. Jessica

    2008-12-20 at 12:36 AM

    you are definitely not faT! don’t listen to those people at all!
    and I love your blog, keep up the creative and inspirational posts!

  43. kathryn

    2008-12-20 at 12:38 AM

    keep doing what you are doing!!

  44. Jessica

    2008-12-20 at 2:32 AM

    Fat?! From my past 3 month or so viewing of your blog I think You’ve noticeably LOST weight! Anyway, to say you were even “fat” in the first place is downright absurd.

  45. hystericgirl

    2008-12-20 at 3:00 AM

    Haters are gonna hate…
    this world isn’t perfect and there will be many who will keep on hating. I think your style is so inspirational and creative. Last year I was feeling the pressure to conform to what everyone around me was wearing because I was getting tired of the meaness and bad remarks made against my personal style. After discovering your blog, it made me realize that I’m here to please one person, and that is myself. Keep on being you. You don’t need to defend yourself to those idiots. It’s the people who understand and love you for who you are that matter. Haters are just jealous that they don’t have the courage or creativity to step outside of the box like you. Thanks for being such an inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Liz

    2008-12-20 at 3:21 AM

    If you’re fat then whoooooa what am I? Yow.

  47. Anonymous

    2008-12-20 at 3:40 AM

    I love you

  48. Brittany

    2008-12-20 at 4:15 AM

    Style Bubble be strong. Your style is unique and specially yours. Someone always has something negative to say, but that’s because the want a fight. Its your style and your blog, you shouldn’t ever be afraid of expressing yourself. As Bob McFerrin would say “Don’t worry,Be Happy!”.

  49. ps

    2008-12-20 at 5:34 AM

    it’s called trompe L’oeil

  50. RChic

    2008-12-20 at 7:06 AM

    I honestly don’t understand. But, there is something that people love so much. So whatever…I just totally not my taste. But, hey you are different and that is what some people like. Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. The Six Six Sick Girls

    2008-12-20 at 8:28 AM

    That trompe d’oeil mohair shirt is to die for, especially paired with the lace top. I think I might have to hunt it down!

  52. Tammee

    2008-12-20 at 9:13 AM

    Susie Bubble,
    I for one think that commentators in general make up a small percentage of those who follow your blog regularly. In all blogs, I always think that commentators do not accurately reflect the entire readership, as must be evidenced by the discrepancy between the number of hits and the number of comments on a blog. On some blogs I ignore the entire commenting sector simply because it does not agree with me. I just think that most must read more than we comment. For example, this is my first time I am commenting, but I’ve been following your blog for a while now!
    There’s a reason why you have such a large base of people who read. You must be doing something right, right?
    I love your style. I love your knowledge of fashion & how you truly incorporate the runway into your outfits. I love your unpretentious blog entries, and I keep coming back for your beautiful sense of style.
    Keep strong and wonderful, Susie Bubble. We love your blog!
    (and I am a huge fan of this outfit you posted! Gorgeous assemble- no color, no problem! Interesting, delightful details as always)

  53. kirsty lee

    2008-12-20 at 10:10 AM

    that skirt is lovely but the inside out top is AMAZING. the print looks so realistic.

  54. Greg

    2008-12-20 at 4:40 PM

    blog about what you want to blog about!
    if you lose a reader or two for not posting about eco friendly fashion its no biggie!

  55. Amy

    2008-12-20 at 9:25 PM

    I love all of the details! Dreamy……

  56. The Clothes Horse

    2008-12-20 at 9:39 PM

    Love your pattern mixing. Also, that heart bum skirt is amazing!
    P.S. So frustrated by all the negative comments people are giving…if they can write a better blog then why don’t they?

  57. katherine

    2008-12-21 at 12:49 AM

    the bag is just too good &also not so pricey! i think it will be mine soon…

  58. jennine

    2008-12-21 at 1:52 PM

    i know that it’s hard to look away from negative comments, or critical ones… i also have bad days, and it sucks. but really, you have so thousands and thousands of people who adore your work, what you do here, i don’t understand why you give a few of these naysayers so much attention. it only eggs them on, and encourages others to be negative (because you openly negative commentors attention).
    as far as peole complaining you don’t post on this or that, if they can’t be nice, or figure out how to use the search box, they don’t deserve the time of day. you post about every noteworthy desinger, movement, trend out there, so much so that whenever i find someone new, i run a search on your blog to see if you’ve posted before.
    besides, if “they” are so smart, they can always start thier own blog so they can post about whatever they please, and wear what ever colors or designers or non-designers they want…. they can also figure out how much work running a good blog is, and really no one likes a backseat driver.
    i hope you don’t mind me being so frank, really, i’m saying it with love and respect, you’re awsome and these few bad apples don’t deserve the time of day from you.

  59. selina

    2008-12-21 at 6:48 PM

    i hope you don’t listen to some readers too hard as your wardrobe doesn’t have to be a certain way because of the environment or how a reader maybe can’t afford designer things if you can. they must have not read the blog properly as i don’t think there’s much truth in these points, like you pointed out! you don’t have to live up to anything and feel like you should post certain things. people forget you do this off your own back and cut some slack and appreciation (sorry, i’m a bit disheartened after some nasty reader comments and am sad i take the time to please them, espeically when people come out of the blue to comment that they don’t like things at the moment)

  60. atelier

    2008-12-22 at 1:59 AM

    cool skirt! I don’t think it’s a style change:S, and it looks really nice on you

  61. songy

    2008-12-22 at 10:56 AM

    That bum is rather *tight* (wanted to say [toite] but I guess no one will understand that) and cute.
    I love that tote bag. I don’t know if you ever heard of a tote called ‘My other bag is Prada’. It was quite popular in AU.
    I just cannot freaking believe how people think you’re fat. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeze. Have more fish and chips, Susie and ignore those with lame negative comments. Constructive feedback is one thing but blatant negativity is quite another.. I simply cannot stand!

  62. Nicole Then

    2008-12-22 at 3:20 PM

    wow, the print is awesome!! i love it

  63. Dottie

    2008-12-23 at 3:22 AM

    Susie, are you not cold?! ๐Ÿ˜€ Loving everything you’re wearing, as usual.

  64. abi

    2008-12-23 at 1:42 PM

    hi susie, i don’t normally comment but i read your blog regularly and love it so don’t change anything lol. also, the insideout top is awesome – where is the brand stocked? abi x

  65. susie_bubble

    2008-12-30 at 10:58 AM

    Annie: No offense taken whatsoever…. I do feel there are things I need to redress/tweak though with the blog… your comment was a valid one… if it was pointless/stupid I wouldn’t even bother with a reply…
    Thanks for everybody’s encouraging words… 2009 will be healthy… I hope…
    P.S.: I’ve seen it spelt both ways… urgh… damn my poor French…

  66. susie_bubble

    2008-12-30 at 11:02 AM

    Abi…Inside Out are going online soon with their e-boutique…. I have seen them at colette though!

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