Monday, 31 October 2016

Transitional Dressing is AWESOME

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There are three things that make October one of the best months of the year: pumpkin spice lattes, Alicia Silverstone’s birthday and transitional dressing. Without these things many young girls wouldn’t be able to get into the festive autumn mood, tartan co-ords and the importance of an Alaia dress would be lost in pop-culture and we would never be able to wear a sweater dress without tights. And how boring that would be…

            I have professed my love for transitional dressing before and this year is no exception. How boring is it to have to wear clothes meant for the same time of year together? There’s nothing more exciting than piling on the sweaters on your top half and hope they will keep your bare legs warm for the whole day. The beauty with London’s weather is that it’s the perfect incubator for transitional dressing. This weekend I was originally planning on wearing a turtleneck under a denim shirt, under a blazer and have it all belted up. Instead, I had to go with a crop top in place of the turtleneck and forget the belt at home because the weather was weirdly nice. 


And this is what came of it.

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Monday, 24 October 2016

How to Find Fashion Inspiration Elsewhere and other Short Stories

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Recently I’ve found myself in a real rut when it comes to choosing what to wear in the morning. Initially I thought I was bored of my summer outfits and I needed autumn to arrive to bring a fresh new wave of inspiration. However, here is autumn and it’s been taking me a long while to ramp up when it comes to my sartorial choices. For the past few weeks I have been sticking to standard outfits I know always look well, but those haven’t managed to make me feel as content as they used to before.

That sartorial satisfaction came back yesterday from an unexpected place – make up. I do wear make up regularly but I have always used it as a means to enhancing my features rather than for artistic experimentation. This changed yesterday when I decided to honour the unicorn-themed birthday party I was going to by putting lip-gloss on my eyelids.

Glossy eyelids are a mostly editorial technique and have been a thing for a while but yesterday I was inspired to try them out for some more shine in my life. Conclusion? They looked great for about 15 minutes and then they started bunching up. Much like it does on the lips, my lip-gloss seemed to constantly attract my hair, causing it to stick to my eyelids.

BUT THEY MADE ME FEEL REALLY COOL.

Hence, I would definitely try it again, but I’m curious to find a way to make the gloss slide around less (if at all possible). Please throw any advice my way if you have a solution for that and enjoy me making silly faces and trying to show you my glossy lids in this series of artistic selfies.


P.S. I guess the moral of the story here is that if you’re feeling stuck in a rut of any kind it doesn’t have to be the same thing that brings you out of it. To be more specific, I didn’t need to go buy new clothes to feel refreshed because I found that inspiration in make up. So whenever you are feeling a bit lost and uninspired, try and look towards other parts of your life that could supply you with that extra inspiration.

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Monday, 10 October 2016

Important Life Advice Can Come in the Form of Celine Sunglasses


Hello there. Before you read today’s post I’ll need you to do something really quick. Whether it’s written on your phone, loaded onto Amazon or sitting in your Net-a-Porter cart, open up your wish list and look at what the first item on it is. Is it a cashmere sweater? An automated lawn mower? Maybe a toe plough
 Whatever works.

 Personally, I am currently set on these CelineShadow sunglasses that have riddled me with profuse deprivation syndrome. Whenever I get dressed in the morning I feel that my outfit is incomplete without them – no other pair of sunglasses can compare. It’s not even that I don’t like the sunglasses I already own (in fact I like them very much), it’s just that similar to other humans I am more fascinated by what I can’t have than what I can.

Don’t be fooled though, deprivation syndrome can manifest itself under multiple circumstances, not just when you are getting dressed in the morning. It could be that your meals don’t taste the same without a tiramisu to culminate with or that your house doesn’t seem that nice anymore without those curtains you saw in Homebase at the weekend. For a while, your mornings will be dark and cold, your evenings lonely and ice cream will lose its taste.

That being said, there’s no need to despair - I’m sure that in a week’s time we’ll all be lusting after something else because that’s the beauty of wanting what you don’t have - if it’s just a fad (and most times it is) you will forget about it and move on to the next thing. In the meanwhile we can be sad together. Tell me, what is at the top of your wish list right now?


Monday, 3 October 2016

How to Make a Capsule Wardrobe Your Own - Multi-Purposing Everything


Each year around this time, there’s a period when every website, blog and newsletter will try to sell you top tips to streamline your clothing selection. The 6-month throw away rule will stare you in the face with a condescending smirk every time you open your wardrobe and the pressure of dressing with 33 items or less will haunt your dreams. This is the period I have privately named Capsule Wardrobe month.

A disclaimer worth mentioning is that as much as I’d try, I could never have a capsule wardrobe. Surely, I have toyed with the idea before, when I wanted to buy new clothes for autumn but also had to justify getting rid of all the impulsive purchases I’d made in the summer sale, but I have never succeeded in the attempt. My issue is that, much like a child, I get distracted by everything shiny and eclectic, like THIS, going against the whole purpose of a capsule wardrobe.

However, I have found that I very much like to integrate the principles of a capsule wardrobe into my own to make myself feel less guilty when I buy yet another unnecessary pair of jeans. One of the main tenets of a capsule wardrobe is making sure that everything you buy can be built into 3 or more outfits using items you already own. This is something I like to adhere to as well, only I like to think of different ways of wearing the actual item, which also happens to include mixing it with items I already own. What is more, this means I can buy however many clothes I want without stressing about having met my quota. 


Take this top for example:


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You can wear it buttoned up at the front and paired with your jeans of choice for your day-to-day at the office or you can switch it backwards in a matter of minutes to show some back for the evening.


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Or add some jewellery of your choice to bring more attention to the back.

Get your smile on and you’re pretty much ready to go - you don't need a capsule wardrobe to be efficient in your purchases.


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This post is part of a series of three where I try to impart my knowledge on how to go around the rules of a capsule wardrobe and make them your own.
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