Wednesday, 29 September 2010

LalaLove is the answer.

Katharine Hamnet may have instructed you to 'Kill all your idols' but we say you should wear them. Across your chest. Like a lovely big badge of pride.

How? Well, we're not on about getting a dodgy tattoo of Marilyn Monroe or Barack Obama or whoever etched onto your body, because that's just silly, and painful, and you'd regret it like, 5 minutes later. What we're talking about is the sensible and painfree option of getting one of these brilliant t-shirts by LalaLove instead.

Featuring everyone from Vivienne Westwood to Bowie, De Niro to Madonna and even John Lennon & Yoko, you're sure to find someone whose face you find worth of wearing. And if you're having trouble choosing between Twiggy & Aggy, fear not. The LalaLove collection is priced at between £22-£26 so you can splash your cash and take 'em both home.

LalaLove t-shirts available exclusively from SUPERSWEET shop

Monday, 27 September 2010

Featured Band: The Dozen Dimes.

If, unlike me, you can actually get this band's name right (I keep calling them The Dirty Dimes to the confusion of everyone around me) then you're a lucky person who's one step away from typing it into Spotify and entering the beautiful world of nostalgia.

The debut album, Get Real Gone With The Dozen Dimes, is a beautiful return to the heyday of 60s music - think Grease, but you wouldn't be embarrassed to admitting to having this on your iPod. Perhaps the best song on the album which bridges the gap between past and present is Dirty Shenanigans, but it's looking like it'll be a cold day in hell before I take Mean Little Girl off of repeat. In a great album, other songs worth a particular listen are Hey Paulina and the misleadingly named Forgive Me (which wouldn't seem out of place on the set of Happy Days.)

Matt Friction (yes, that Matt Friction from Pink Spiders - how many do you know of?) has the perfect voice for this style of music - something that I certainly wasn't expecting when I hit play, but just this once I'm glad to be wrong.

A perfect piece of pop which seems to confirm the rose tinted glasses view that the heyday of music has well and truly passed - I for one am heading of to dig out my parents' records and grab me a neckscarf and a T-Bird.

(Spotify Link above.)

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Introducing, Miss Bibi.

Attention please, Ladies and Gentleman, for we are about to present you with some of the finest (and quite frankly, coolest) jewellery that you will ever lay your pretty little eyes upon! 

Behold! The miniature stylings of Brigitte Garaudi (aka Miss Bibi), a Monoco-based Central St Martins graduate. After specialising in film and animation during her studies at London's premier arts institution, Garaudi decided to put her skills in making miniature sets to another use - converting the teeny tiny props into delicate and quirky pieces of jewellery.

Inspired by nostalgic childhood memories, Miss Bibi's pieces really are something else. Featuring everything from retro little telephones and dainty chandeliers to pencils, pistachios and pasta shapes, the selection consists of necklaces, rings, brooches, earrings, bracelets and more.

Miss Bibi's whimsical little jewels might be a bit on the pricey side for some of your budgets, but if you're after timeless pieces with unparalleled attention to detail, then they're well worth saving your pennies up for. 
I want the 'cherie' rings so much, I've already started up my Miss Bibi fund!

'Cherie' brass/gold plated rings - 100 euros
Dollar & Yen brass/gold plated earrings - 85 euros
Mirror necklace rhodium & silver - 130 euros
Precious Heart silver/black rhodium bracelet - 90 euros

check out the whole range at

Thursday, 23 September 2010

LFW SS11 best bits.

Us Tantrum girls have been super-busy with London Fashion Week (hence the slight lack of blogging) and instead of giving you lot long, boring posts about all the shows/exhibitions we were lucky enough to see, we thought we would hit you with one neat little picture-post featuring our top picks from shows we attended. Although we saw the work of loads of amazing designers, we're just gonna share just our top 3 with you (otherwise we could be here for a very, very long time!) 
Right, here it goes! Sit back, relax and enjoy!
Glamourous, contemporary '70s, head wraps, sophisticated hippy, silk, organza.  

Offbeat elegance, girly, quirky, skyscraper platforms, chiffon, peter pan collars.

read Nav's Charles Anastase review at Sketchbook magazine

Raffia headpieces, bottle-top embellishing, whimsical, PVC panelling, neon shop tags.            
read Nav's Louise Gray review at Nothing Bad magazine.

We're so sad London Fashion Week is over. It went way too fast, don't you think? 
What were your LFW hits and misses? See any collections that were a stroke of genius or any you thought were a primary school effort? C'mon, share all your LFW lovin' with us!

photo's via (cos they were majorly better than ours, but collaging is all © Tantrum Magazine)

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Galibardy - Patron saint of seriously hip, yet totally affordable jewellery.

If, like us, you're constantly scouring the internet, vintage stores and quirky little boutiques in the hope of finding jewellery that's just that little bit different from the stuff that crowds the racks at Accessorize, you'll know the quest for unconventional styles of bling is often a tough one. You find some relatively cheap and cool jewellery - it breaks or rusts all to soon, and if it's quality you're after, you end up having to pay through the nose for it. It's a lose-lose situation it seems. Well it was, 'til now.

Enter Galibardy. Saviour of those of us with student b
udgets and a penchant for the extraordinary.This East London-based designer offers imaginative, whimsical jewellery at an extremely affordable price. With cocktail rings featuring offbeat designs, such as turntables, skulls (animal AND human), cadillacs and hippos and necklaces boasting solid brass animal teeth, stag heads, hot air balloons and retro-style cassettes, this fantasy-inspired brand ensures that you stand out from the crowd with their unique and enchanting pieces.

With amazing jewellery to suit an array of budgets and a celebrity fanbase, ( including Lindsay Lohan, Georgia Jagger and Peaches Geldof, to name a few) Galibardy has fast become a sure-fire favourite with us here at Tantrum and we bet out bottom dollar that you're gonna love them just as much as we do. It's pretty much impossible not to!

Hot air balloon necklace - £18
Gold teeth necklace - £16
Mixtape necklace - £10
Rose skull ring - £18
Red apple ring - £18
Stag head ring - £18

All available from
Pssst... Fear not, you lovely international readers, Galibardy offer worldwide shipping so there's no excuses for not snapping up some gorgeous new jewels!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Featured Album: Light Me Up - The Pretty Reckless

Now, here at Tantrum we're all perfectly happy with who we are... but there are days where a couple of us have expressed the desire to be Taylor Momsen; I for one would be more than happy to embrace the lifestyle of a 17 year old rockstar. With this desire in mind, I picked up the new album and turned up the volume.

Repeated listening to the album has convinced me there are definite merits to it, the undeniable highlight being the delicious Make Me Wanna Die, yet I can't shake the feeling that there's something lacking at the heart of it. This brand of rebellion should kick start you into escaping from your life and starting a rock and roll band, but I feel vaguely unshaken.

That's not to say that it's not a great album - in fact, I can't pick out a single song that I really dislike. In fact, the opposite is true - My Medicine and Nothing Left To Lose are quite possibly two of the best songs I've heard in a while. However, the only tangible flaw I can find is that the guitar in Just Tonight is more than a little reminiscent of Hole's Someone Else's Bed - a band they might not want to invite the natural comparisons with.

The Pretty Reckless prove with this album that they're more than just yet another publicity vehicle of a bored actress, yet I can't escape the feeling that this album is more the stand of an anti-hero for the Hannah Montana generation than for those who have old school rock burning in their veins.

If you want a wide variety of genres done with impeccable style, this is the album for you. If you want something with a little more soul... well, I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that dear readers.

Light Me Up, the debut album from The Pretty Reckless.
Available on itunes or on Amazon here.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Street Style Sundae

So, since we haven't treated you to a Street Style Sundae in a while, we thought we'd hit you with an extra delicious double whammy this time!
Check out this super stylish pair we snapped on Brick Lane, London.

Because everyone knows the best accessory is a fashion-savvy boytoy, right?

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Tokyolux by Audrey Kitching.

Oh summer, it was so lovely when you were here, but now you're gone and Autumn's coming fast, the leaves are turning orange and it's dark by 8pm again. This doesn't mean its time to start layering up in chunky knits, eating cookies in bed with the curtains shut and The Virgin Suicides dvd playing on repeat, does it?

Nope, it most certainly does not, because we've found the perfect antidote to the post-summer blues and it comes in the form of Audrey Kitching's new clothing line, Tokyolux. Inspired by "kittens, candles, glitter skulls, tarot cards, 90s teen movies, and teenage angst", the collection includes t-shirts, dresses, bodysuits, pullovers and jewellery, as well as Audrey's trademark 'flower crowns'.

Boasting phrases such as "I am a teenage vampire", "wild child" and "eat dust" as well as crucifix and ribcage prints, Tokyolux will keep your attitude set firmly in 'Summer sun' mode, so you can forget about impending Autumn and just keep on having fun.

Oh, and in case we haven't convinced you already, maybe Part One of their latest editorial, 'Pop rocks', shot by Hannah Lux Davis will!

Check out the Tokyolux website for more gorgeous editorial pictures.
Shop the Tokyolux line right here & pay a visit to Audrey's blog by clicking this.