Tuesday, 21 January 2014

DRESSING FOR WINTER




Recently I've been spending most of my days in comfortable turn up jeans and baggy jumpers - I basically wish I could live in my pajamas 24/7 - but sometimes I do like to break out of my slouchy routine and put on tights and a dress, oooh adventurous! I definitely slip into a little fashion rut in winter, I just have a selection of jumpers that I wear with either grey, blue or black jeans!

I love that there are so many different jumpers to choose from in the world.... the possibilities are endless! Peter Hahn has a vast selection that you may want to check out. Here I'm wearing a roll neck over one of my favourite dresses; still toasty warm but a little more feminine than my usual boyish attire.
















































TOPMAN HAT
ROLL NECK JUMPER FROM H&M
TARTAN SCARF, A GIFT FROM SCOTLAND
BLACK BAG FROM ZARA
DM SHOES
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Sunday, 19 January 2014

GREY TIGHTS

















Today I had a super relaxing morning before taking a leisurely stroll to Dalston in search of a new shirt. Sometimes I just need a break from public transport, I spend far too much time on the underground so when I have the opportunity I enjoy wandering the city, (usually with Matt), discovering hidden streets, seeing new things and fully appreciating London. 

My first point of call was Beyond Retro where I bought a striped shirt that reminds me of something my step dad used to wear when he met my Mum back in 1994 - I will try to shoot it for you next weekend so you can see! I also tried on two gorgeous pairs of checked trousers but they weren't perfect so I sadly left them behind before jumping on the bus to Shoreditch where I bought two blouses for future photoshoots.



SHIRT FROM MUJI
TIGHTS FROM H&M
DR MARTENS SHOES
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Friday, 17 January 2014

SIXTIES STYLE IN THE CITY

The sixties is definitely one of my favourite eras to take inspiration from when dressing. With its Mod subculture and the rise of the mini skirt, (literally), it was a time for youths to experiment with and have fun with fashion. They pushed boundaries and developed new, exciting styles and trends, much cooler than those worn by their parents', whom they'd previously been imitating. 

When I think of sixties style my first thought is of black and white for some reason. I think it's because I'm a huge fan of David Bailey's sixties work, a lot of which was shot in black and white and features icons wearing black suits with white shirts... I just think of his work with the Beatles in 1965 or that fab portrait of Michael Caine! Of course I also like to look at Twiggy and Audrey Hepburn for sixties inspiration to; love those aline dresses and roll necks!









































Here I'm wearing a black and white dress with an Audrey inspired roll neck jumper, ankle socks and pointed patent pumps. What's your favourite era to take inspiration from? Oh, the 80's in another of my go to sources for inspiration, just think of Morrissey in those slouchy tees, jumpers and cardigans! Perfect.... maybe I'll do a Morrissey inspired post soon!

ROLL NECK JUMPER & SHOES FROM BODEN 

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Thursday, 16 January 2014

MEN'S STYLE: FRAMES FROM SWAG & STARE

Oh how the tables have turned! Matt agreed to step in front of the camera and allowed me to photograph him in his new glasses! He usually lives in his contacts, but now tends to wear these beauts in the evenings and when we're chilling out over weekends, meaning his eyes get a well deserved rest! They're such a unique, fun design, don't you think!?

If you need a new pair of glasses or just fancy a change, be sure to head over to Swag & Stare to check out their diverse range of cool, retro inspired frames. You can also enjoy 20% off with the discount code "FYS20"! Happy Thursday!   



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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

THINK PINK!

Behold my beautiful new shoes! My parents bought these babies for me for Christmas; I love their simplicity and would love to wear them with an all white and black outfit.... here however I partnered them with a crazy blue, black and white dress. I actually bought this from Zara way back in September to wear out on my birthday, I just don't wear it often because it's super short!

I've also got my short-sleeve "pleather" collared blouse underneath, this is probably my most valuable wardrobe possession because it allows me to add a collar to pretty much, well, anything without a collar! I just feel weird without a collar, maybe I'll grow out of it. 


I don't know if you remember me mentioning the pink coat that I got from a Love Label event held by Lee Publicity just before Christmas? Well, I've finally plucked up the courage to show it off! In case you hadn't noticed, I don't really wear bright colours - unless it's that mouth watering greenish turquoise that I love - so I'm really not used to seeing myself in so much colour! What do you think, would you wear this pink statement?


PINK COAT FROM LOVE LABEL
DRESS FROM ZARA
SHOES FROM URBAN OUTFITTERS
 

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Monday, 13 January 2014

SCOTLAND

Finally I've found the time to tell you about my little Scottish adventure! I went back to work last week and I'm not yet used to the early mornings so haven't really felt like blogging if I'm honest, hopefully I'll get back into the swing of things soon!

Any way, before last week I'd never been further South in the UK than Lincoln, so the idea of going all the way up to Aberdeen was very exciting! Matt and I got an early morning flight from London and we arrived in Aberdeen around 10am where we spent our first day exploring the city in the pouring rain. We ate out in a cafe that was also a book shop, went to a store that sold tartan everything and ended our fun in a bar that had every flavour of beer that you could think of! 

Our week was then filled with walks, spectacular views, delicious food and board games. On day two, which just so happened to be new years eve, we went for a walk around Dunnottar castle, a beautiful castle wreck right on the coast. Although a little cold and wet at times it felt fabulous to be outside in the fresh air and the scenery was breathtaking.    


That night we went to the fireball display, which you can read about here. I also need to add that on our way to the festival, (I guess it was a festival of sorts), we also stopped off at "The Carron", which claims to be the first chippie to serve battered Mars bars! Mm, delicious!



On our last full day before flying home we walked, (or shall I say ran as I was trying to keep up with Matt), up Bennachie mountain! About three quarters of the way up, I think it took about an hour to get to the top in the end, I was pretty sure I was going to die as I couldn't breathe. But alas, I made it and got to enjoy the beautiful view and burn some of the battered Mars bar off to! 
























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Sunday, 12 January 2014

A. SAUVAGE @ LONDON COLLECTIONS: MEN

Last week saw the debut catwalk presentation of British menswear designer A. Sauvage. Held at The Old Sorting Office on the final evening of London Collections: Men, the collection featured jumpers, statement collars and tailoring in a palette of black and grey - teal and purple also featured as key colours. Tartan, alongside Sauvage's signature eccentric prints, also made an appearance on shirts, ankle skimming trousers and suit jackets.

I was lucky enough to attend and sat amongst the likes of George Lamb and David Gandy to watch the beautifully choreographed show. Unfortunately the camera I was using decided to throw a hissy fit just before I got into the venue so I didn't get any photographs myself, (shit happens), but you can see my favourite pieces from the collection below, and the full show here.      




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Thursday, 9 January 2014

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS


This year I celebrated new year's eve in Aberdeen where i witnessed the "Stonehaven Fireballs", a tradition that has locals swinging homemade balls of fire around their heads whilst walking up and down the main high street.... cool huh!? I just thought I'd share a few photos of this unique spectacle with you, curtsey of the lovely Matt Lain, and I've also just remembered that I still haven't set any new years resolutions - better late than never!     
 
I guess my main goal for 2014 is to learn to budget better; I plan to move into a lovely one bed flat towards the end of the year and that sure as hell isn't going to happen if I'm still in my student overdraft! I'd also like to progress in my career, eat more healthily and of course, improve this blog so that you guys can get even more enjoyment out of reading it! There are many other things that I'd like to do this year, but the list is far too long to bore you with so I'll leave you with these three very achievable resolutions before I get carried away! 









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Saturday, 4 January 2014

CAT BOOTS IN SCOTLAND

Yesterday evening I flew back from Scotland, and I am now spending the weekend enjoying the company of my own bed and getting back into the London swing of things. These photos were taken on my second day in Aberdeen when we went to see Dunnottar Castle, an old ruin right on the stormy coast. (I have loads of other photos to show you from my trip so will get these up soon along with my new year's resolutions!) As you can probably tell from these pictures, it was cold, windy and pouring with rain; what a perfect time to put my new CAT boots to the test!

Admittedly I was slightly skeptical of wearing these at first as my immediate connotations with the brand are of workmen; both of my Fathers own a pair that they wear to work.... but then I saw this beautiful blue Colorado style and thought I'd give them a go! I've noticed CAT boots creeping onto the trendy streets of London over the past few years, and it wouldn't surprise me if they became even more of a fashion statement in 2014. There are plenty of workwear/country brands that have been adopted by stylish city folk, Dr. Martens and Barbour are two great examples, and these now have huge followings within both their intended audiences and the street style clique! It's likely that CAT will be soon to follow suit with their East End following and stylish new designs.  

Any way, test results.... not only do I love the colour of these boots but they're surprisingly comfortable, (didn't rub AT ALL), and hey, they kept my feet dry whilst I was clambering through Scottish coastal countryside in the rain. Great stuff! If you do ever make a purchase I would recommend a size down, I'm a 5.5, these boots are a 6 and I definitely could have done with a size down.
























































HAT FROM TOPMAN
SCARF, A GIFT FROM SCOTLAND
ASOS DRESS
SECONDHAND, QUILTED JACKET
SECONDHAND, GREEN TOP COAT


I have a confession to make - I hate layering. I don't find it aesthetically pleasing and I'm awful at putting so many pieces together at once.... in Scotland however it was crucial that I wear layers to keep warm therefore I was forced to test my "bundling up" skills, here I'm wearing two coats and even two pairs of tights! I hope you all noticed my new tartan scarf by the way, Matt's Mum bought it for me as a Christmas gift from a local kilt making shop; it's 100% wool, a beautiful colour and I'm completely smitten with it.

Have a great weekend!     
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Thursday, 2 January 2014

AN AFTERNOON IN CROUCH END


On Sunday I had a day in London to relax, (AKA a day to do some washing and re-pack), before flying to Scotland for New Year's Eve. I decided to pop into Crouch End for lunch and ended up going to a lovely family run cafĂ©/bakery called Coffee Cake, a great place to visit if you like healthy eating and unique, tasty combinations! I had a prune and feta cheese tart with a side of aubergine salad and a blackberry and nettle tea. Yum. 

I wore my favourite tartan shorts, which I picked up about a month ago down Brick Lane, along with a cashmere jumper and my Dr. Martens shoes. Normally instinct would have me wearing a black collared shirt underneath this jumper, but I love the contrast of the white against the black, and it also adds a fun "school uniform" twist to the ensemble! The bag I'm carrying was a gift from my Auntie for Christmas and is from H&M. (I love simple, black bags because they go with most outfits and look so minimal)!

I'm currently still in Scotland, Matt and I are flying back tomorrow.... I can't wait to show you all of the photos! Although I am looking forward to my own bed and having my wardrobe back, I'm a little sad about returning to normal life and reality after the wonderful two weeks I've just had off.


  GLASSES FROM SWAG & STARE
WHITE BLOUSE FROM H&M
BODEN CASHMERE JUMPER
VINTAGE SHORTS FROM ROKIT
DR. MARTENS SHOES
BLACK BAG FROM H&M
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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

NEW YEAR, NEW GLASSES


Some of you may have already noticed, but I was recently gifted a new pair of glasses from Swag & Stare! If you haven't previously heard of them and are a glasses wearer then please do check out their site, they have such a cool collection of beautiful, vintage inspired frames! My old, cats-eye style were actually from Swag and Stare to! This time though, I went for something completely different and got a very light pink, rounded pair.


These photographs were taken on my last day in Devon over Christmas, over the weekend I had two nights at home in London before jumping on a plane to Aberdeen where I'm currently spending the week! Last night to celebrate the new year we went into Stonehaven town centre to watch a truly unique "fireball" display in which locals competed by swinging handmade balls of fire for about 20 minutes as they walked up and down the high street - sorry, I'm terrible at explaining things but it was essentially a parade with fire....? I was stood right at the front so did worry about loosing my eyebrows a few times - I will get some photos up for you when I'm home!

After the fireballs, which you can read more about here if you're interested, we watched a beautiful firework display before heading home rather hurriedly to get into the warm! I hope you all had a fab new year's eve, got to celebrate with your loved ones, and are looking forward to 2014! I would really love to share my new year's resolutions with you but I'm afraid I'm still deciding on them.... there are far too many things that I want to do with my life so feel I should narrow them down a little so I at least have half a chance at succeeding by 2015! Bare with me....


TOPMAN HAT
DR. MARTENS SHOES

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