Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Heart Shaped Box


First off, we'll be closing early today at 4.30pm. Sorry if this causes anyone any problems, and rest assured I'd rather be here than at the dentist, which is where I'm headed. Still, the online shop is always open so don't let that stop you!

We're awaiting the arrival of our Stargazer and Barry M orders, so will announce on our Facebook and Twitter accounts when those arrive. Lots of shiny things to get you through the festive season!

Our pick of the day is this Invader Zim wooden box by local crafty types D'n'J. Hand painted and hand finished, this wooden box is big enough to hold most of your valuables and features the characters from the Invader Zim cartoon. Limited edition, this is great as a gift or for indulging your inner kid. Full details on size are on the item page on the online shop using the link below.

D'n'J Invader Zim Hand-Painted Wooden Box on www.unorthodoxshop.com.

Have a good week!


Now Playing In The Shop: Whenever, Wherever - Shakira

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Kiss From A (Skull) Rose


Well, it finally snowed here. Although only briefly, not much, and it seems to have gone now. So that was an anti-climax. Will endeavour to be less English and stop talking about the weather!

Sorting out our Stargazer order today to make sure we have enough mad coloured hair dye, UV gels ands glittery bits to get you through the festive season. If you have any special requests, speak now!

Pick Of The Day are these Death Kitty Skull Rose Leggings. They're one of my favourite Death Kitty pieces, but once they're gone, they're gone (we don't like to overkill any piece, no matter how cute it is), and stock is now very limited in some sizes, so get in quick! These cropped black leggings have a kickass skull, bone and rose print, are available in sizes S/M and M/L, and are only £6!

Death Kitty Skull Rose Leggings on www.unorthodoxshop.com.

Ooh, our company Xmas cards just arrived! That'll keep me busy for the next week then!

Have a great weekend, and will be back and blogging on Tuesday.


Now Playing In The Shop: I've Got A Little Something For You - MN8

Friday, 26 November 2010

Daisy Daisy


Still no snow (which I'm secretly quite pleased about, to be honest) in the vicinity of Unorthodox. Just even more cold!

A bit of good news for Barry M fans, nail obsessives, and beauty innovators in general. We will have the Barry M Instant Nail Effects back in stock from Tuesday. I know a lot of you have been requesting it, so we've tried to make sure we have enough to keep you all going over the festive season! That said, given how quickly it went last time, probably best to get yours sooner rather than later!

Pick Of The Day is from our collection of artwork we have. This is a limited edition print of Daniel Cheney's Hidden Woman (Colour) from his Mother Nature collection. Already framed in a simple clip-frame, the print is signed by the artist, is only available in limited numbers, and is exclusively through Unorthodox. There is also a black and white version available. Daniel Cheney is a young, Northamptonshire artist with a mid-Atlantic accent, the former owner of what could be a world record breaking sized afro, and does a passable impression of Moss from The IT Crowd. He is also very talented, and these reasons combined make his work perfect for Unorthodox. We don't want our artists to be ordinary and dull!

Hidden Woman (Colour) by Daniel Cheney Framed Signed Limited Edition Print on www.unorthodoxshop.com.

Got that Friday feeling?


Now Playing In The Shop: Range Life - Pavement

Thursday, 25 November 2010

All That Glitters


As yet, no sign of snow in the vicinity of Unorthodox, although it is very very cold! Since the electric heater won't tilt up high enough, I'm considering sitting on the floor to get more of me in the path of the hot air! Just peer over the counter if you can't see me...

Still holding off on the Xmas decorations front. I think 1st December is the perfect time, so from then, our Xmas countdown begins, including offers and all sorts of sparkliness.

Speaking of sparkliness, our Pick Of The Day are these Barry M Glitter Nail Paints. As with all our Barry M, we specially select the colours we stock to hopefully bring you the best of the bunch. As you can see, we have glittery red and glittery green in if you want to go festive with your nails, or the holographic shine of Once Upon A Lifetime if you just want some dazzle. Barry M's Nail Paints are known for being fantastic value and great quality, and these glittery versions are the same usual price, £2.95 (that's the RRP, so we're the same as most of the big high street names and Barry M themselves, as a rule). These are great for treating yourself, or make great stocking fillers and secret santa gifts (loved by all, inexpensive, perfect, non?).

Barry M Glitter Nail Paint on www.unorthodoxshop.com.

Stay warm!


Now Playing In The Shop: Standing In The Way Of Control - Gossip

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Belle Of The Ball


First up, we have a special offer ready to launch for you once our Facebook page gets up to 350 followers. We're pretty close now, so help us and yourselves out by making sure you visit our Facebook page, click like, and suggest it to any friends you think might be interested or share it as a link on your profile. The special offer will apply online and in store, so we'll make sure you don't miss out!

Those of you who have started their Xmas shopping seem to be loving our Smashing Glass pieces. As each one is unique, make sure you get it before it's gone!

Rebecca Sturdgess' artwork is now up in the shop and we'll try to get it photographed an onto the online shop soon. Each piece is a signed original, in a variety of formats ranging from canvases to framed pieces, in many different styles and influences (loving the Japanese themed pieces). With prices starting at £12, they're perfect presents that will never be replicated.

Pick Of The Day today is this absolutely gorgeous Special Evening dress. We're running a special offer on all of our Special Evening dresses this festive season, meaning you can pick up any of them for only £55 each! This one is gorgeous, and also available in red. With an elasticated back and adjustable straps, this fits like it was made for you, and comes with the matching shawl (shown). Beautifully made, this is a classic prom dress that is perfect for all your parties this festive season, and will look just as nice in a garden as you sip on some Pimms next summer (Pimms optional).

Special Evening SENOA43 Dress in Light Pink on www.unorthodoxshop.com.

Hope you're having a good week!


Now Playing In The Shop: Sweat (A La La La La Long) - Inner Circle

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Reggae Reggae Sauce


Saturday has rolled around again. We bid a sad goodbye to our Death Kitty Skull Bow T-shirts that have now sold out. We are also on our last Death Kitty Beano Jumper (in store only, currently), and limited stock of the Death Kitty Skull Rose Leggings and the Worn Free Joey Ramone 'Punk Magazine' t-shirts. Oh, and remember, if you're Christmas shopping today, we have gift vouchers available if you're just not sure, or leave a wishlist here so we can help your friends and family pick out just the right things.

Pick Of The Day for today is this wearable work of art. Created by Rubertine Art, this Bob Marley t-shirt has been airbrushed, making it hand-finished, intricate and in limited numbers. Simple, but really iconic, this is a definite must-have for any fan of the legend. More information on the t-shirt can be found on the link below, or check out the Rubertine Art section for more of their iconic designs.

Rubertine Art Airbrushed Bob Marley T-Shirt on www.unorthodoxshop.com.

Have a fantastic weekend!


Now Playing In The Shop: Master Blaster (Jammin') - Stevie Wonder

Friday, 19 November 2010

You're Still On Your GameBoy


Always good to get a reference to Shampoo in the blog title. Just me? Ok then.

All ready for your weekend? If not, we're open today and tomorrow until 5.30pm for all your fashion, accessory and cosmetic needs! I reckon every outfit can be improved with a pair of Stargazer false lashes and a Barry M Glitter Shaker Pot.

Pick Of The Day is this very kitsch and cute GameBoy necklace from RedRock Fashion. Expertly made from hama, and on a long chain, this pendant is great for re-living your misspent youth and brightening up your day (also, would make a great Xmas present!). At only £7.00 you can't really say "no" can you?

RedRock Fashion GameBoy Necklace on www.unorthodoxshop.com



Now Playing In The Shop: Higher State Of Consciousness (Tweekin Acid Funk) - Wink

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Black Or White


Getting all excited about new things coming in time for Christmas. Over the next few weeks we'll have new Monsalina Chic dresses, more Stargazer products on the online shop and in store, as well as a pick'n'mix gift box offer on Barry M make-up. More info as and when we launch these. We also have new original art pieces in by Rebecca Sturdgess that will be going up on the walls very soon. They're absolutely beautiful!

Pick Of The Day is this sexy little black and white mini dress from Monsalina Chic. We also have it in white with black detail. It has an elasticated back so it fits like it was made for you, and comes with detachable clear straps that can be used with a bra or hooked straight onto the dress. Fantastically made (as you expect from Monsalina Chic, who always have an eye for classic designs and detail and are great quality), we have these dresses in sizes 6 to 16, however stock is strictly limited so slip into yours quick to avoid disappointment!

Monsalina Chic Black & White Mini Dress on www.unorthodoxshop.com.

Getting closer to the weekend!


Now Playing In The Shop: Stay - Bernard Butler

Wednesday, 17 November 2010



Just a reminder that we will be running a special offer for our Facebook followers once we reach 350 on there, so if you haven't already, head over to our Facebook page.

Our Special Evening cocktail, prom and evening dresses are now on the online shop. Check out the Special Evening section.

Pick Of The Day today is this gorgeous cream Max C London dress. The shape gives it a bit of a retro 60's/mod look, whilst the floral lace out later is very vintage. It's in our sale, and these are the last few so when they're gone they're gone! It's a beautiful dress for the party season, maybe with some leggings and a shrug, and great for showing off your tan in the summer. Fully lined, it's elasticated under the bust, and has the distinctive Max C bubble hemline.

Max C Bow Lace Dress on www.unorthodoxshop.com.

They're predicting rain so quite glad the shop is quite far up the hill!


Now Playing In The Shop: Wish You Were Here - Rednex

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Pack Up


Should have our Special Evening dresses on the online shop by the end of today so keep you eyes open for those!

To make a change from getting involved in everyone else's clothes, this article was in yesterday's Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph where I showed them through my wardrobe. Please don't judge the shop on my fashion mistakes! :)

Pick Of The Day today is this Maddie Satchel bag. Satchels are very in at the moment, and great way of keeping your essentials close to you. These Maddie ones are handmade, so each is different, and we only have a few left in stock so get in quick! They add a little bit of hippy chic to any outfit. Plus, they're only a tenner!

Maddie Satchel Bag on www.unorthodoxshop.com.

Stay warm!


Now Playing In The Shop: Believe (Groove Chronicles Mix) - Goldie

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Lady Of The Flowers


Sometimes these song-title inspired blog titles are pretty hard to come up with!

How are we all this Saturday? We're down to our last stock on quite a few pieces now so if you fancy the Temporary:Secretary Hello Kitty ring or the Iska Slinky Butterfly Dress, get in quick! Also, if everyone is pestering you to tell them what you want for Xmas, don't forget we can hold a wishlist for you, or we have the gift vouchers (gift vouchers are in store only).

Thank you to everyone who nominated us for Inspiring Independents. It's not too late so if you haven't already, send an e-mail to inspiringindies@drapersonline.com telling them you love us and why.

Also, Kat (that would be your blogger here) is going to be in the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph Spree section on Monday revealing the inside of her wardrobe. Please don't be too harsh in your judgements!

Pick Of The Day is this handmade, one-off, unique charm bracelet from JP Jewellery. Pretty and delicate, it has flower, cross, rose and leaf charms, and is perfect for glamming up bare arms (are you mad? It's freezing!) or adding a bit of sparkle to a simple outfit. Plus, you'll never see it on anyone else as it's the only one in the world.

JP Jewellery Cross & Flower Bracelet on www.unorthodoxshop.com.

Have a great weekend and we'll be back with you on Tuesday.


Now Playing In The Shop: Rock & Roll - The Human League

Friday, 12 November 2010

You Always Find Me In The Kitsch'n At Parties


Special Evening photos all picked out so will have them on the online shop for you early next week, ready for any posh do's you are due to attend this festive season. Big thanks to our fantastic photographer Brian and our model Louise.

We've also got new flyers being designed over the weekend, so keep an eye out for those.

Did you see the pink ruffled Topshop skirt in this week's Heat magazine? Gorgeous non? But if you don't fancy the £40 price tag on that one, this Iska Raka Skirt Dress is a bargain! It's in our sale at £25.00 (reduced from £35!). It has a pretty black lace top part, ties at the back, and the oh so pretty pink ruffled skirt. All ready for the party season! I'm sure you can find something to do with the money you save! Iska are made by the same people who bring you celeb-adored label Yumi so you know you've got a bargain!

Iska Raka Skirt Dress on www.unorthodoxshop.com.

All ready for the weekend? Go on, add some glitter!


Now Playing In The Shop: Somewhere Only We Know - Keane

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Felt So Good


Wow, it's grim outside today, so if you're in town and want a bit of respite from the wind and rain, pop in!

Choosing the photos from our shoot of the Special Evening dresses tonight so should have them on the website very soon, in time for the party season! There are some gorgeous ones to be had!

Our Pick Of The Day today are these felt and wood bracelets, handmade by Irene Mosedale. Available in a variety of colours, each is unique and very cute, with felt beads that always remind me of Muppets (no Muppets were harmed in the making of this jewellery). We also have necklaces available in the same beads. Perfect for Xmas presents, or brightening up a simple outfit.

Irene Mosedale Felt & Wood Bracelets on www.unorthodoxshop.com.

Stay warm!


Now Playing In The Shop: Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit (Motiv 8 Extended Vocal Mix) - Gina G

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Pretty In Purple


Not loving the cold today!

Pick Of The Day are these gorgeous purple Dr Martens. These are the 1460 8-Eye, possible the most famous and classic of the DM boots. Purple is a key colour for Autumn/Winter this year, although it's always one of my favourites! It just makes them that little bit different without being ostentatious. These have the Smooth finish, although we also have the DM Purple Shimmer boots on our website as well, which have more of a metallic sheen.

Dr Martens 1460 8-Eye Boot in Purple on www.unorthodoxshop.com.

Stay warm!


Now Playing In The Shop: Crush - Jennifer Paige

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Walk On The Wild Side


Bit of a plea first. If you've enjoyed your shopping experience with Unorthodox, please could you take time to fire off an e-mail to nominate us in the Inspiring Indies awards. All the details are on this page and it will only take a few minutes but we'd be eternally grateful. Just e-mail inspiringindies@drapersonline.com and tell them why you love Unorthodox.

Had the local paper, the Evening Telegraph, round my house yesterday to rummage through my wardrobe so look out for that in the Spree section next Monday.

Pick Of The Day is this gorgeous Death Kitty Leopard Hoody. Animal print is very big again this Autumn/Winter, and this has to be one of the cutest ways of wearing it. The main leopard print body of the hoody is velour with the distinctive Death Kitty logo on it. There are also leopard print ears on the hood, and thumb holes on the sleeves. Perfect for keeping warm when the weather is like this! We only have limited stock of these so get in there quick!

Death Kitty Leopard Hoody on www.unorthodoxshop.com.

Hope your week is starting well!


Now Playing In The Shop: Free Salute - Little Barrie

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Shake Baby Shake


Saturday has rolled round again! Hope everyone had a good bonfire night/diwali (either way, fireworks!).

Got my Dr Martens on today. Perfect for Autumn/Winter, and if you haven't had a look through the Spring/Summer 2011 catalogue in store yet, do! They have some gorgeous new lines, including their new Diva range. A selection of Dr Martens are also available on the online shop, but if you don't see what you want, just send us a message and we'll let you know if we can get them for you and the best price.

Pick Of The Day today are these cute little Glitter Shaker Pots from Barry M. They're great for adding a bit of added sparkle to your body or outfit, or take them out with you and share the shininess! Perfect for the festive season. As with all our Barry M products, we stick to the recommended retail price, so you don't pay any more to buy from us than you would at most large retailers or from Barry M themselves (barring special offers, we can't keep track of everything!). You do, however, get the warm fuzzy glow of supporting independent retailers and our undying love. :)

Barry M Glitter Shaker Pots on www.unorthodoxshop.com.

Have a great weekend! Catch you on Tuesday.


Now Playing In The Shop: (Tapping) The Source - CocoSuma

Friday, 5 November 2010

Punk Rock Magazines


As the festive season approaches, those in the vicinity of the shop can come in a make their Christmas list! We'll give you a copy, keep a copy, and that way everyone knows exactly what you want, and we can do our best to ensure you don't get any doubles. Alternatively, just ask for an Unorthodox gift certificate.

We have a couple of preview pieces in from Monsalina Chic. One is a red tunic, the other a black and white dress, so pop in and let us know what you think. We can always order your size in if we don't have it.

Oh, and remember, today is your last chance to get your hands on our WAM Apparel t-shirts and hoodies before we finish stocking the range, so get in quick!

Pick Of The Day is this Worn Free Punk Magazine T-Shirt as worn by Joey Ramone. Pre-washed so it fits, this is a licensed replica of the t-shirt Joey wore in New York in 1975, and comes with the distinctive Worn Free swingtag/sticker showing him in the original. Modelled here by both Steve and Matt, it's a classic.

Worn Free Joey Ramone Punk Magazine T-Shirt on www.unorthodoxshop.com.

Happy Bonfire Night!


Now Playing In The Shop: Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf

Thursday, 4 November 2010



Trying to work out when the best time to put the Xmas decorations up at the shop is. Don't want to get in too early, but don't want to be all Scrooge-like. Any ideas?

Tomorrow is your last chance to get your hands on our WAM Apparel t-shirts and hoodies before we finish stocking the collection, so if you've been eyeing any of them up, either pop in or order them quickly! We've loved having the screen-printed range in, but we're scaling down our menswear (unless you blokes out there have a sudden shopping surge, in which case we'll reconsider!). We will still have our Worn Free t-shirts, Rubertine Art t-shirts, and Spiral Direct shorts in stock for the time being.

Pick Of The Day is this purrfect stocking filler from hand-assembled jewellery starlet Temporary:Secretary. These Hello Kitty earrings are kitsch, cute, and a bargain. Great as a gift, or even better to keep for yourself! We also have a Temporary:Secretary Hello Kitty ring, if you want to coordinate. For more information, pop in store or check them out on our online shop.

Temporary:Secretary Hello Kitty Earrings on www.unorthodoxshop.com.

The weekend creeps ever closer...


Now Playing In The Shop: This Corrosion - Sisters Of Mercy

Wednesday, 3 November 2010



Got to play with Monsalina Chic's new lines yesterday. Some gorgeous dresses, and we have a few due in at the start of December. Some perfect little party dresses in there!

There's been a definite surge in the popularity of false lashes lately. Not sure if it's because of Halloween, the upcoming festive season, or because they're on almost every X Factor contestant (with the exception of some of the boys) but I thought it was a good reason to have them as our Pick Of The Day. We stock a wide range of the Stargazer false lashes, which come with the glue to attach them. However, if you don't see the style you want on our site, or you're looking for something more elaborate (jewels, feathers) just get in touch and we can probably find you the perfect set. But back to these, from the exaggerated natural look, to neon colours, to metallic, there's something perfect for your party season in this lot!

Stargazer False Lashes at www.unorthodoxshop.com.

Hope you're having a good week!


Now Playing In The Shop: Rebel Rebel - David Bowie

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Especially For You


Can't believe how quickly we sold out of the Barry M Instant Nail Effects, but then, it is very very cool! We'll try to get some more in for you at the first opportunity. In the meantime, why not check out their other Nail Paints?

Pick Of The Day is this gorgeous Special Evening dress to get you ready for the party season. These dresses look like they cost a fortune, and considering how well made and beautiful they are, you'd be forgiven for thinking so! We have a range of styles in the shop, which will be on the online shop soon, but in the meantime, we have this one for you. It comes with the matching shawl as well. We only have this in stock in a couple of sizes, however if you get in touch, we can order in the size you want. The elasticated panel at the back means it fits as if it was made especially for you. Pure glamour for a steal of a price!

Special Evening SENOA06 Dress on www.unorthodoxshop.com.

Have a good week!


Now Playing In The Shop: 9PM (Till I Come) - ATB