Sunday, 10 August 2014

Recent favourites

In an attempt to move away from my default setting of moaning about the heat and thinking of all the lovely autumn/winter clothes I'd rather be wearing, I thought I'd share a few of the things I've bought in the past couple of months which I'm rather excited about.  I'll admit the boots and the long sleeved black dress aren't especially summery, but I have managed to actually wear them during a brief drop in temperature, so I'm including them, even though it'll probably be October before I can actually wear them again...

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Saint Laurent A/W 2014

In light of the fact that we're apparently expecting a heatwave next week (the thought of trudging to work in 36 degree heat makes me want to weep), of course my thoughts are turning to my autumn/winter wardrobe.  Lately, I've been trying to avoid looking too far ahead, and just live in the current fashion season, but that's proving quite tricky when the sales are slowly reaching their end and the shops are filling with jumpers, coats and ankle boots, which are far more appealing than, well, pretty much anything summer's had to offer (does anyone else find the idea of spring/summer clothes much more attractive in the depths of winter than when it's actually warm enough to wear them?)    Spotting a pair of glittery knee-high boots by Saint Laurent in the latest Elle (Greece) compelled me to have a proper look at the whole collection, and it quite nicely sums up my perennial autumnal obsessions, which mainly involve looking like a 1960s schoolgirl.  Ahem.  It also further encourages me in my desire to own a tartan kilt, to be worn with my newest pair of ankle boots, an oversized jumper, and my navy peacoat.  I'd also love a velvet dress with a huge white collar.  And possibly even some knee-high boots, sparkly or otherwise....

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Friday, 1 August 2014

Furry Love

I'm on holiday at the moment, mainly floating round in bikinis and denim shorts, so of course this is when I decide to be obsessed with all things autumn/winter.  Top of my wishlist at the moment is this Whistles coat.  It's lilac, fluffy, and big enough to completely cover me from head to toe should I wish to curl up in a ball and hide away from the cold.  I'm not sure I could ask for anything more from my outerwear...

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Wearing lately...

left: shirt-Asos, shorts-Whistles, shoes- Park Lane via Asos; right: shirt- Zara, shorts- Topshop Boutique, shoes- River Island
left: top- Pull & Bear, skirt- vintage, shoes as before; right: top- Zara, dungarees- Primark, shoes as before
 I'm not entirely sure how it's possible that we're halfway through July, but the calendar doesn't lie, and despite a late start, it's now very much summer outside.  Which obviously means I'm stuck in the same sartorial rut as I am every year.  I'm slowly coming to terms with the fact that I just don't actually like very many summer clothes, though I don't know what I can do about that.  This year, I had sworn to avoid the problem of finding two separate items of clothing that I actually like and which match each other, by just buying a selection of floaty summer dresses, rather than trying to match tops and skirts/shorts.  I've yet to buy one.  The problem with summer dresses is that they mostly tend to be shapeless sacks in an array of colours I'd normally never look twice at.  So I've once more resorted to my tried and trusted denim shorts, and I'm building up a small collection of non-t-shirt tops to pair them with.  The photo with the leather shorts was taken a few weeks ago- it's definitely too hot and sticky to attempt wearing them now.  Footwear is proving to be another problem- as much as I like the silver sandals and black and white espadrilles I'm wearing in every single photo, I'm very much sick of wearing them every day, but I'm finding it hard to find anything else I particularly like (well, anything that isn't Balenciaga and therefore completely unaffordable)  To be honest, I'm getting really frustrated with having to go through a big chunk of the year hating almost everything I wear.  Surely there must be a way to dress nicely when it's over 30 degrees out?  Answers on a postcard please...

Saturday, 21 June 2014

New Obsession...

Ok, this isn't strictly fashion, but it's vaguely related (interiors are a great love of mine which is, sadly, rarely indulged).  Lately I keep coming across photos of amazing woven wall hangings, so I decided to seek them out, and came across quite a lovely selection on etsy.  I'm actually tempted to try making my own, as this would be the perfect way to use up the yarn I've bought for previous daliances with knitting...  

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Away from etsy, I also came across the work Maryanne Moodie, who does amazing things with yarn.   She also sells beginners' weaving kits via her etsy shop, though they're sold out at the moment.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Stella Resort '15

I'm a bit late to the whole resort party, but seeing this photograph of Cara Delevingne in the most perfect jumpsuit ever prompted me to have a look at the whole Stella McCartney Resort 2015 collection, and it's kind of amazing.  It also proves that the reason I almost never wear prints isn't that I don't actually like them, but rather that their interpretation by the high street is just a bit rubbish.  I would happily wear any of these prints, in any of the forms presented.  The aforementioned jumpsuit and the hummingbird cardigan in particular would be happily welcomed if they happened to find their way into my wardrobe...

 More photos here

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Fell in love with these images from Andros boutique Waikiki- a one stop shop for my dream summer style- minimal with a hint of 70s, and mainly in shades of white and blue, my all-time favourite summer colour combination.  Sadly, they haven't got online shopping, or an actual website, so only those able to visit them in person get to actually lay their hands on any of the above.  I can feel the Aegean calling me this summer...