Sunday, 28 June 2015

Dat Choker Doe

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YASS. That's pretty much what I feel like saying every time I wear this choker.

I didn’t really go along with the whole 90s tattoo choker craze recently, maybe because I used to own one in every single colour as a kid, but I am really looking forward to the 70s being back bringing suede, flares, fringes and everything else along with it. While I went back home for Easter I had a clear out of my jewellery for a yard sale (where I only sold three headbands and made a CRAZY £6 profit) and I also came across this handmade choker. I played around with it for a while, put it around my neck as a joke planning to add it to the pile that would be given away, but ended up loving it. And I have been wearing it loads recently, especially paired with other, daintier necklaces. I guess what I liked about it was that although it was a choker, it was different than the classic tattoo, black chokers that have been popping up everywhere recently. Somehow, this is my interpretation of the 90s meeting the 70s. I feel like this choker would have looked amazing with a loose airy blouse and a suede, fringed jacket, maybe worn by Farah Fawcett. Definitely nowhere close but I am looking forward to wearing this during the summer.
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Monday, 22 June 2015

There's a Cape for Everything

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If you couldn’t guess by the grin on my face I was pretty excited to be there.

You know when something is so cool that you decide to buy it even though you might not use it more than twice a year? Capes, I believe, are one of those items. They are cool, weigh much less than you would expect something so warm to and they look effortless. Please note, the key word here is look. A cape is much more effort than one would expect. To begin with, they can make you look like a lopsided oompa loompa in no time. There has been more than one occasion that one side of my cape has slided off my shoulder and was dragging on the ground and I only realised that because people started stepping on it. What is more, no bag bigger than a crossbody and heavier than Giulianna Rancic would work with a cape unless you are going for the Quasimodo look.

However (and this is a big however), they look so cool. They are much easier to throw on than to keep on and they are really warm without adding 3 pounds like a puffer jacket would. And if you’re just going for a stroll around town, they are perfect. I got this cape when my mum visited me in London and, because she’s my biggest enabler, I ignored all of my worries that I might never wear it. And I’m glad I did because, surprisingly, capes are very versatile pieces. This time I decided to wear it as it had been intended to but I have previously worn it as a huge scarf here and just the other day used it as a picnic blanket however naughty that might have been.  

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Big thank you to Emily Hill for taking the pictures.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Inspiration #20

Today's post was supposed to be on the V&A's Savage Beauty exhibition but My whole day went differently than expected. With gloomy London destroying my plans I decided to post some bits of inspiration anyway. Nothing better than a mood board to brighten up your day. Hope you enjoy!









All pictures courtesy of Tumblr. 

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Is it Worth Going to London Fashion Weekend?

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Fashion Week might be an event for the industry but it can’t be denied that what keeps it going are the millions of customers behind it. It almost seems too nice for the fashion industry, so exclusive otherwise, but every season London Fashion Week is followed by its smaller sister, London Fashion Weekend - an event dedicated to the consumer, where subject to a fee you can participate in a weekend of fashion related panels, fashion’s biggest pop-up and even fashion shows. Ultimately, it’s like paying for the girlfriend experience, only you’re paying for the fashion week experience.

I don’t want to make it sound like it’s a bad thing because I think it’s great. And this year I was lucky enough to have tickets that included a trend show styled by The Outnet as well as an invite that I used to gain access to the event all throughout the weekend.

I wanted to write this post documenting my experience this February because I know I had hesitated buying a ticket many times before not knowing whether it was worth paying £30+ on something that might turn out to be a gimmick. To begin with, the event has something for everyone – from designing your own shirts to getting your hair done and attending fashion shows. I personally think it would be worth spending the extra £10 to attend one of the fashion shows – it’s obviously nowhere near the real experience but sitting in the actual LFW venue is a pretty cool feeling. Call it lame but I got really excited to think that I was sitting in the spot where days before industry experts had decided what direction fashion would take in the following months. On the other hand, you do realise quite how uncomfortable those seats are, there’s nothing glamorous about being squished between huge coats and big fedora hats.

However, if I were to pick one thing I would say forget about the show, forget about the fashion pop-up and forget about the goodie bag. Attend the panels. Yes, you can find £20 Linda Farrow sunglasses but if shopping is all you’re there for you might as well use that money to go to Bicester Village and get much better deals. The whole idea of having fun with your girlfriends whilst enjoying a manicure is nice but the fashion panels I attended gave me a real insight into the industry. From hearing about smaller (amazing!) brands like Blake and Yolke (I need THIS in my life) to how larger companies like Larsson and Jennings have become this big, it was less about the glamorous surface of fashion and more about what it really is like on the inside. The cherry on top was that I got the opportunity to hear all about the Savage Beauty exhibition from its curator, getting a sneak peak into the pieces on show.
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To be completely honest, I wouldn’t recommend LFWEnd if you’re only going for the fun, there are plenty of other fun events you can attend out there for much less money. If, however, you want to get a better glimpse on the industry grab some tickets. Bear in mind though that they are only available for the time slot you have booked them for and that once you leave the premises you can’t go back so make sure you buy your tickets with any panels you might want to attend in mind.

Finally, there’s never a recipe for doing things right so no amount of panels you might attend or people you might talk to will guarantee your success. However, after London Fashion Weekend I went back home thinking I could actually work in this industry, that it might just be right for me, so I think for anyone in my position, it might just be worth attending.

For anyone interested you can book London Fashion Weekend Tickets HERE 



Tuesday, 16 June 2015

All-Black for Fashion Week

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Yes, the throwback posts keep going. This was the time I thought I was smartly dressed and would be subtly fashionable but ended up blending in the crowd and watching how people with Lego headpieces got all the attention. To be totally honest, I wasn’t bothered by it. The only thing that bothered me was accepting that sometimes fashion is like that. The flamboyant and eccentric wins over the simple and understated. There’s nothing I could say that I haven’t said in this previous post so I will just leave you with the pictures and the very controversial piece Suzy Menkes wrote a while ago, summing up my opinion on fashion sometimes.
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Sunday, 14 June 2015

The Cool Factor

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I’m neither the first nor the last one to introduce a duster coat in her wardrobe – they’ve been everywhere for the past few months. However, I will say that my purchase had nothing to do with Kylie Jenner. This was the post that started it all for me, in terms of both duster coats and half top knots and I hope one day I could look just as cool wearing them.

I ordered this duster coat from ASOS along with some other, less successful purchases that unfortunately had to make their way back. The first time I put it on I was convinced I could have stepped in an OB/GYN ward and no one would question my presence. A couple of my friends agreed too. But, in the end, I like it. After wearing it a few times, figuring out what works with it, I want to say I love it. This coat has the cool factor and that’s enough for me. Can't wait to pair it up with some denim cut-offs now that better weather has arrived in London. 

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