Saturday, 29 August 2009

Home Sweet Home

Make your home smell delicious and be the relaxing haven you want it to be with scented candles.

Easily Sorted's favourite candle is Molton Brown's White Mulberry Air Candela which is scented with aromas of green tea, camomile and ylang ylang. £49 from Molton Brown stores or from their website. It may be quite expensive but it has 70 to 80 hours burning time and once you try their range of scented candles you will be hooked.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Loving This Jumper Dress

It may not actually be the Autumn yet but given the weather at the moment it would be easy to forget that it is still Summer.

One good thing (being glass half full about it) is that the grey weather can help us start focussing on our Autumn wardrobes.

Jumper dresses are great staple items for Autumn and Winter. You can make them more individual with patterned tights, which are set to be big this coming season. I have already got my eye on this one, £38 from Top Shop, which is great for the office and is made from super soft cotton with 3/4 length sleeves (also available in cream and grey):

Friday, 21 August 2009

Home Sweet Home

If you like dogs you'll love this Red Dog Cushion, £18 from the Ben di Lisi collection at Debenhams. Expect more great designs from Ben di Lisi at Debenhams as he is now focussing on his collaborations with the store rather than his own lines.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Loving This Handbag

Lulu Guinness Scarf Tie Large Wanda Bag in black velvet with black patent trim and a scarf decorated in a Lulu Guinness design of hearts, shoes, cats, flowers, bottles, keys and mirrors available for £250.00 as part of the Autumn Winter 09 collection.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Abercrombie & Fitch Discrimination Case- The Outcome

In June Easily Sorted reported on the case of Riam Dean who claimed she was discriminated against due to a disability while working in Abercrombie & Fitch's store in London. Riam Dean has a prosthetic limb which she did not tell the store about in her interview. She claims that she was made to work in the store room because her arm did not fit in with the stores "look" policy. She was initially given permission to cover her arm with a cardigan but was later told that it did not fit in with the store's dress code.

An employment tribunal has held that she was wrongfully dismissed but they did not go so far as to say that Abercrombie & Fitch were guilty of disability discrimination. The tribunal said in its ruling that it was "satisfied that the reason for the claimant's dismissal was her breach of the 'look' policy". It said: "Whilst the tribunal is satisfied that the claimant's dismissal was a consequence of her unlawful harassment, for which she should be compensated, it cannot be characterised as an act of direct disability discrimination." Riam Dean has been awarded £9,000 compensation for injury to her feelings, loss of earnings and harassment.

Fashion is notoriously fickle and Abercrombie & Fitch have been criticised in the past over their “look” policy which is set out in a 45-page company handbook. The case has raised controversy partly because Riam Dean is clearly a very attractive girl and if it was not for her disability she surely would have fitted into the strict "look" policy.

The case has been damaging to Abercrombie & Fitch and does highlight the importance of disability awareness. However stores such as Abercrombie & Fitch are not likely to stop choosing shop floor staff on the basis of their appearance and as the store has been cleared of disability discrimination the case is not going to set a legal precedent for fairer treatment of those with a disability in the work place.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Shrinking Violets Not Allowed

Purple is a colour which is associated with warmth, exuberance and fun and is set to be big this autumn. Purple was historically associated with wealth and was a regal colour due to it being difficult to manufacture. In times of economic doom and gloom purple is a great colour to provide a hint of luxury.

Easily Sorted brings you some great purple outfits, make up and accessories for you to indulge in this Autumn:

Lace Silk Dress £45.00 from Top Shop, a floaty dress made from 100% silk with lace detail. Beautiful on its own or emphasise you waist with a gold belt.

Ruched Volume Sleeve Cardi £35.00 from Warehouse in dark purple. Great for work or worn over a dress in the evening.

This dress is £45.00 and is from River Island's Autumn 09/10 collection. It combines purple with metallic look, also set to be an Autumn trend. With it's tulip shape and ruched details this is a must have party dress.

Perspex Buckle Waist Belt £25.00 from Warehouse. Update a black dress this Autumn instantly by adding this belt.

These Antique Rose Court purple suede shoes with a sequined rose are £74.99 from Schuh and will brighten up your feet.

Purple Haze Eyeshadow, £11.00 by Urban Decay. Purple eyes are great to create this Autumn's 80s look and for smoky eyes apply on the eyelid and line under the eye to creat maxium impact.

Keep those fingers perfectly polished and bang up to date with Jessica Nails- Anything Goes Purple Custom Nail Polish, £7.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Monday, 3 August 2009

If you were born in the 80s...the 80s

We spent the 90s being embarrassed about the 80s which had many unique fashion trends. Now the 80s has become retro cool and fashion forecasters predict that 80s fashion of shiny leggings, and neon brights will continue into the Autumn and big shoulders will be a key look. Duran Duran have reformed and A-ha have just released their 9th album. 80s fashion and culture is everywhere.

Easily Sorted brings you some of the 80s fashion, some we still love and some which will (hopefully)be firmly designated to fashion history.

The Global Hypercolour T Shirt

So popular in the 80s yet such a bad idea! The t shirt changed colour according to body temperature so you could end up with quite embarrassing colour change under the arms or marks from roving hands. Not yet made a come back but one that we can just look back and smile at.

The Shellsuit

Eek, what was the shellsuit about? The shellsuit was born in the 80s as a tracksuit for jogging in with its parachute like material in clashing neon colours. Not one of the 80s most flattering creations. There is however a website dedicated to the shell suit cause. begins "The Shellsuit revolution has begun. It will be unruly, grimy and uncivilised. Clashing colours, shiny materials and lungeing will be at its heart and it shall take no prisoners. Some revolutions are led by the majority, others by a small band of revolutionaries. This one is the latter, the indoctrinators omni present; Jimmy Saville, Kriss Akabusi, Mr Motivator and Pat Sharpe."

Jimmy Saville may still be seen running round Leeds with his shellsuit but I say run and hide away from the shellsuit. It's just wrong!

Neon Leggings and Cycling Shorts

While I fondly remember wearing brink pink neon cycling shorts as a child thankfully they have not yet made a come back. Neon leggings however have and the ones pictured to the left are Tribal Leggings from Urban Outfitters and are £28.00. Wear with a white top or for true 80s fashion, and for the more daring, with a clashing top.

Shoulder Pads

Shoulder pads for women became popular in the 80s as power dressing began with women making a statement in the work place that they were on a par with men. Shoulder pads are set for a revival this year, as one of the key looks for this Autumn is big shoulders. The clashing Neon Dress with Shoulder Pads, pictured to the right is very 80s and is £35.00 from Asos.

The dress to the left is from Zara's Autumn/Winter collection and is one of several pieces inspired by the 80s big shoulder look.

Cross the Body Bags

These were popular in the 80s along with "bum bags." While not quite as garish as an 80s neon fabric bum bag, this cross the body Louis Vuitton bag £1,480 has a very 80s feel to it with its bright yellow colour and sporty design. An expensive way to keep up with 80s trends but it is bound to make you stand out from the crowd.

Boom Box

Boom Boxes or Ghetto Blasters incorporated loud speakers, an amplifier, and a radio casette. They became very popular in the 80s and were associated with 80s breakdancing and hip hop. For an 80s retro bag with a difference check out the
Living Dead Souls "Boom Box" Print Bag with Built-In Speakers £23.50 from

80s Cartoons

I may be biased being a child of the 80s but there were some classic children's tv shows in that decade. One of the greats was Trap Door originally shown in 1984 and starred Berk as the caretaker of the monster's castle and the soundtrack "Stay away from that Trap Door- cos there's something down there." Get your retro Ladies Black Trap Door T Shirt by Forever Famous for £24.99 from

Big Yellow Teapot

While we are on the subject to childhood memories, one of my favourite things from the 80s is the Big Yellow Teapot! It combined the idea that girls like tea sets and dolls houses by bringing the two together. Very random but it provided hours of entertainment with little people who span around in the top of the teapot and slid down the spout!