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...





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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...

June outfits...


Clockwise from top left- top- Zara, skirt- Topshop, shoes- Minnetonka; dungarees- Miss Selfridge via ebay, top- Oysho, shoes as before; jumper and dress- Topshop Boutique, shoes- Kurt Geiger; blazer- Topshop, top- Zara, skirt as before, shoes- Marc by Marc Jacobs

So far this month I've finally got hold of some denim dungarees, re-discovered and couldn't stop wearing my ancient Minnetonkas and became a firm fan of skirts over shorts.  Dungarees aside, I'm actually feeling rather girly at the moment, after a winter spent mainly in trainers.  As much as I push myself to try new things, I always seem to end up in old favourites.  And, as always, it wouldn't be an outfit roundup post if I weren't wearing at least one item multiple times.  

Sunday, 15 June 2014

The New Retro

This article by Jess Cartner-Morley, declaring the death of the ballet pump and the re-emergence of the pointed flat to take its place quite perfectly reflects my own tastes at the moment.  Ballerinas have been the prevalent flat shoe for everyone from schoolgirls to women commuting to work for about a decade now, and whatever gamine French charm they once possessed has long since lost its appeal, for me at least. I'm more than happy for an alternative, and the early noughties (bleh on that word, can we please find something less cringe to replace it with?) favourite suddenly seems appealing again.  Which brings me to my newest purchase:

They're Marc by Marc Jacobs, bought off ebay for a stupidly low price, and whilst I'm not sure exactly what season they're from, I'm quite certain they've been around since the last time this style was trendy.  But it got me thinking that perhaps my long-standing tradition of selling/donating clothes and shoes the second they're the tiniest bit "last season" might not actually be all that wise.  There are loads of old shoes (and clothes, come to think of it) that when I got rid of them, I couldn't imagine wanting to wear again, but looking back, I really wish I still had them.  Obviously it's not the best idea to keep over a decade's worth of shoes, clothes, etc, especially when you live in a succession of tiny flats with limited storage, but it seems slightly wrong that I'm now trying to hunt down items on ebay that resemble the ones I myself sold in the not-so-distant past.  Still though, however much I'm sick of the sight of my once-beloved Repetto ballerinas, this time round, I'm just sticking them in the back of the cupboard until the next time they have their moment in the sun.  Because if there's one thing that's inevitable in fashion-land, it's that every. single. trend will come back, to be worn by a younger, cooler generation than yours. And as I'm hoping the 90s revival dies very, very soon, the full on '00s one can't be far behind...

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Red


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A couple of photos I came across on tumblr made me suddenly really, really like the idea of red on my toes and scarves in my hair for summer.  I think my pastel obsession might finally be waning- continuing on from my last post, I'm into more feminine, grown-up looks at the moment, and the red nail varnish which I always found to be too serious for me suddenly feels right.  We'll see if this manifests itself in the rest of my life...