Get Busy, Get Shorty: eBay Denim Charity Auction

Denim Auction Save The Children eBay Jeans for Genes StyleonthecouchWith summer in full swing here in sunny England, it feels like the perfect time to get involved in the eBay charity auction for Jeans for Genes Day to celebrate denim.  eBay recently commissioned a research study to find out Britain’s best-loved fashion item of all time and skinny jeans came top, even beating classics such as the little black dress (shock, horror!).  39% of the women said that tops make up the majority of their wardrobe, followed by over a quarter (26%) identifying jeans as the piece of clothing that they own the most of. Two thirds (63%) said that a pair of jeans are the item of clothing that they wear most regularly and 84% of recipients agree that jeans are a classic wardrobe staple. Other loved fashion items to make the top 30 list were ballet pumps and a classic denim jacket.

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eBay charity denim auction for Save The Children Jeans for GenesTo celebrate the 140th anniversary of jeans, eBay has also teamed up with pop band B*Witched to host an exclusive celebrity auction in aid of UK charity, Jeans for Genes Day. The group, who were named the celebrities most associated with their denim style by the poll of 2,000 people, have donated their favourite pieces of denim from the 90s along with VIP backstage packages – including a meet and greet  – for one of their highly anticipated ‘The Big Reunion’ shows.  The money that will be raised from the B*Witched auction will be used to make a difference in the lives of the children the Jenes for Genes Day charity helps.

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Emily Kerr, UK head of fashion, eBay says: “Jeans are a fashion staple that have well and truly stood the test of time. Skinny jeans are a modern twist on the traditional style of jean, but that just shows how the shape and cut of jeans has varied over the decades. There are currently over 678,000 live listings of jeans on eBay.co.uk from fashion retailers such as French Connection, Superdry, House of Fraser and smaller businesses as well as vintage pieces from consumer sellers.  Over 80,000 of these jeans are in the nation’s favourite skinny style.”

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In honor of the auction, I did a little home DIY this week with a pair of denim shorts bought on eBay.co.uk - and followed a little tutorial from one of my favourite bloggers ISpyDIY using fabric paint and some sew on jewels.  eBay have a wide selection of denim on offer right now, including customisation and vintage pieces. It reminded me of some pieces I could submit to the sale.  You can help Jeans for Genes Day by submitting your own styles to the auction too and donating 10-100% of your final sale value to the charity.  I really hope you’ll think of getting involved, Blog Reader. Have a lovely, denim filled weekend! StyleOnTheCouch xo

eBay.com Style Challenge – Fall Fashion

Being back in NYC for a visit at the end of September has focussed my thoughts on fall fashion.  Today I’m taking part in a style challenge with eBay.com to create an outfit for autumn using items on their site – a surprisingly addictive challenge if my recent browsing is anything to go by!

I’ve chosen a colour palette of black, gold and red for this outfit above.  The starting point was the fabulous Rick Owens leather jacket, a gorgeous draped style with chunky zip detailing.  I know that as the weather grows cooler and the nights begin to draw in I tend to crave a little colour to brighten and lighten – this red dress by Rebecca Taylor seemed a perfect choice for just this reason. The racer neckline, all over the catwalk for spring summer 2013, means the dress will work for me well into next season.

An oversized bag by Tory Burch (you know I need to carry my life with my in my bag, Blog Reader) and this gold Nikon watch add some smart accessorizing.  I’m finishing off the outfit with the Belle court shoes from Reiss, a style I was looking at in their Broadway store this week.  I love the multiple ankle straps which will work well with the length of the dress.

Here we are – fall ready!  I’m off for a last walk around Central Park before returning to Texas, Blog Reader.  You’ll see me posting more summer outfits next month what with the heat in Austin but here in Manhattan I met with Lydia to shoot some fabulous ‘darker’ looks for the blog later in the year.  A new direction perhaps? Watch this space….! A few previews are up on my instagram and Twitter feeds – you can find me over at @StyleOnTheCouch.

Outfit: Gold Nikon Women’s Watch; Rick Owens Motorcycle Jacket; Rebecca Taylor Dress in Red and Tory Burch Purse all from eBay.com.  Belle Black Multi Strap Court Shoes, Reiss.

This post is sponsored by eBay. From the new to the hard to find, when it’s on your mind, it’s on eBay.

Ahoy There.

Whilst I might not be sailing with Coco on the Good Ship Chanel, or doing the hula in the South Pacific with Christian Dior, I am feeling a little nautical as we move into Spring.  I love Breton stripes and navy blazers when I’m feeling brave enough to move away from my staple monochromatic wardrobe.  Nautical looks tend to have global appeal – I think blue and white move effortlessly from work into the evening.  In addition, red, blue and white tend to match most skin tones.

I remember posting a nautical look on the blog last year when I paired white jeans with a striped t-shirt.  This year I’m reversing the colours – I found these fabulous royal blue trousers on Ebay and I loved the cut so much I had to buy.  I adored the detail of the pockets, the little gold buttons; and the slight flare seems in keeping with styles for Spring.  I’m also a fan of the “smartness” of this look, in a large part I expect due to the front crease (which I normally avoid like the plague because I can’t iron for toffee but I made an exception for these.)

Some nautical looks I admire, below.  Are you with me on my yacht or against me where the nautical look is concerned, Blog Reader?

Wearing: Trousers from Ebay.  Sandals, loaned from a friend.  T-Shirt, Marks & Spencer.