Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Would you like to take a walk?

Hi dolls, I hope you're well! How is January treating you? I've been keeping busy working hard and focusing on illustration in my free time. I wish I could share what I'm working on with you, but as it's a personal commission I can't! However, I can share an outfit post with you: given the horrendous chilly weather this week I wanted to make a post on outerwear. To be honest it's one of the last things I consider when putting an outfit together yet it's the first (or sometimes only) aspect of an outfit that anybody sees this time of year so it's much more important than I give it credit for. So here's what I'm wearing this winter...

Coat - New Look
Fur Stole - Next
Bag - Clarks
Boots - Topshop
I guess one of the reasons I don't consider outerwear as prominently when outfit planning is because I get bored of it, so it felt like a bit of a gamble buying a patterned coat, surely the easiest style to get bored of. However, I find myself relying too often on battered leather jackets or oversized grungy parkas, and there are days where I want to make a better impression and feel more put-together so I was in need of something to fit that criteria. Since the blackwatch tartan is quite dark and subtle it's easy to pair it with different accessories to keep things fresh, and I love the oversized boyfriend fit. I got the faux fur stole for Christmas and the bag in the Christmas sales and really like how they look combined - what do you think? Find this outfit on Lookbook here...

Do you like my Elsa-inspired hair here, by the way? An Elsa plait is my favourite go-to hairstyle when my hair's unmanageable, so I wanted to try a bun inspired by hers in the film too (yup, I'm that cool.) Truth be told I'm pretty useless when it comes to hair styling but it's not a bad attempt for me! Anyway, how do coats factor into your outfit planning - priority or not such a big deal?

Sunday, 11 January 2015

We're just like magnets, baby, hypnotised...

Hi dolls, and welcome to my December favourites post! It's a little belated, I know, but I hope January is treating you well and you are all feeling fresh and positive. Inevitably, the hardest months to write these kind of posts are over Christmas and my birthday month, as being spoilt with lovely gifts makes it so difficult to choose what to feature here. So I've opted for a little bit of everything - a Christmas gift here, a sale bargain there, to reflect a true cross section of what I was loving last month (apart from the excess of cava and Christmas cheer which were naturally my number one favourite thing about December!) Enjoy...

Bag - Clarks
This bag was a truly impromptu sale purchase! I met my mum for a quick rendezvous around the shops on my break in town. When we popped in to the Clarks sale to look for a bag she'd been eyeing up, I hadn't expected to find anything there I'd fall in love with myself. But this is truly stunning: I've always wanted a bag with fringing, it's a good size that I can still fit everything inside it but it's a good size for a night out, and the gunmetal chain strap is just perfect. Reduced from £89.99 to £34.99, I'm so pleased with this beauty.

It's fair to say I've been obsessed with these Drusy rings ever since they dropped on the Bloody Mary Metal website, so I'm absolutely enamoured with my boy for buying me this for Christmas. Because Drusy is a natural stone the colour varies, mine is a rose/pinky hue which is something different for me but it really looks gorgeous with anything I wear it with.

Desire Perfume - Dolce & Gabbana
I've always been a fan of Dolce & Gabbana perfumes, but when my beloved 'Rose The One' perfume disappeared from the shops I was a bit lost on what I'd find that I loved just as much. Luckily, 'Desire' came into my radar at just the right time for me to ask for it for Christmas - it's a beautiful scent, but it's subtle, which is good for me as I sometimes layer fragrance too heavily which can be overpowering. I'm so pleased with this and I can't stop wearing it.

Velvet Lip Lacquer - MUA
For just £3 each, I was too tempted with these Velvet Lip Lacquers, said to be good dupes for the Lime Crime Velvetines. I'm holding off making a Lime Crime order until the Venus palette is back in stock, so I thought I'd give these a try for now. I opted for the shades Reckless, a true red, and Kooky, a bright-looking purple (which comes out a little darker than I had expected upon application.) Both are lovely, bright, and thoroughly pigmented - one coat provides opaque, saturated colour. I found them quite drying, and they didn't last well when eating, but I can't complain too much about that as I would generally expect to reapply a lip product after a meal anyway. Overall I'm really pleased with these and would certainly recommend them to anyone looking for a vibrant matte lip colour on a budget.

Fur Mittens - Topshop
There's not much I can say about these, other than that I'm really pleased they went into the Topshop sale. They're ridiculously warm, incredibly soft, and I like their slightly quirky silliness.

Jewellery- Body Jewellery Shop*
I've never really taken full advantage of my upper ear piercing, only ever wearing a simple barbell or ring in it, so this jewellery from the Body Jewellery Shop is such a welcome breath of fresh air. The rose gold cage with cut out hearts is adorable, such a simple but eye-catching piece, whilst the crystal butterfly is a lovely statement piece with my hair worn to the side. I'm so pleased with these as they provide an added, quirky little detail to any ensemble - I won't be neglecting my piercings again!

So there you have my December favourites. Have you tried any of these items? Which is your favourite?

Friday, 2 January 2015

2014.

Hi dolls, I hope you're well, happy new year to you all! Today's post will be a round up of what I wore in 2014. I know you'll probably all be sick of 2014 overviews as every personal style blogger and their cat have been publishing these over the last week or so, but I for one love reading these kind of posts, overviewing people's personal style and seeing how it changes over the course of the year. I adore remembering forgotten combinations, trying things again, and being inspired by others. In a similar post layout to last year's, this year I'm featuring my favourite outfits from each month, enjoy...

In January I became obsessed with maxi skirts in a big way, something I'd never considered wearing in winter before. I loved the challenge of styling them appropriately for the cold, and I wore my black pleated maxi skirt (on the right) to death over the course of the year. I also experimented with winter pastels, toughening them up with chokers and coated lace.

In February things got a little grungier with plaid and heavily buckled boots. I went out of my comfort zone with midi lengths and a new type of hat. I really like these outfit photos and must remind myself to wear hats more regularly - perhaps a style resolution to try and remember for 2015.

By March, I was illustrating Vintage Style Me's collection and this was absolutely my favourite dress (left) I purchased in the name of research! The styling is somewhat doll-like and I love the print. I also loved this dressed-down look (right) with clashing prints and high tops.

By April my university work was hitting a peak and I was under very high pressure, so I started favouring very low-maintenance looks. Chuck-it-on babydoll dresses, DMs, jeans and backpacks were my go-to student look, while little details like hair rings and long socks kept everything from getting too stale and boring.

In May, my final full month at university, things were still being kept very simple. I liked prints (still teamed with heaps of black, of course) as they provided detail and interest with little effort. The New Look dress, pictured left, was one of my favourite go-to items during this busy time, I remember wearing it constantly!

Suddenly June had arrived and I was faced with sunshine, summer and more free time than I could have possibly imagined! This summer I lived in maxi dresses - the French Connection dress pictured left made me feel somewhere between a princess and Jessica Rabbit, and probably was my favourite outfit to photograph this year. I also tried something new in the form of a co-ord (pictured right) which was a nice way to translate my love of checked patterns into a summery outfit.

This was my favourite outfit from July, mostly because it's completely different to a lot of the clothes I usually wear. I really enjoyed wearing mom jeans - they're so comfortable and I loved how the striped Bardot crop top looked paired with them. I wore a lot of crop tops with these for a tomboyish but not shapeless look.

In August my favourite outfit was definitely my birthday outfit. The stark white dress contrasted so well with my beloved chunky black boots, and the folky belt really made the outfit. I spent much of August in maxi skirts or sunbathing gear, but when I did opt to make a little more of an effort this belt and boots almost always made an appearance!

In September I'd discovered Depop and had bought a couple of items on there, including the dress pictured above. I definitely felt my style start to change after uni, lots of the items I wore before as a student didn't feel right somehow, so I started trying new shapes and colours including this lace and chiffon smock dress. Experimenting with softer looks was fun, even if they were very different to my usual taste.

In October I began to feel more comfortable in my personal style again. The shapes I favoured were slightly less structured, so I became a fan of using belts for definition, and as always I had fun playing with prints and layering textures. I love both of the outfits pictured above so much and felt very comfortable and like myself in them.

In November I had my biggest fashion dilemma - what the hell to wear to graduation?! In the end I went for an A-line lace dress that looked like a co-ord, paired with (what else?!) heeled black boots. On the big day I felt both comfortable and put-together, which were the all-important things. For the rest of November I was dabbling with winter pastels, balancing them with chokers and chain boots: a true throwback to January.

All of a sudden, it was hello December. I spent most of it in a work uniform, but out of work I've been in one of three uniforms: grungy plaid shirts, witchy black combinations, or cosy knitwear and velvet. My favourite acquisitions of this month (and probably this year!) have been my shearling DMs and spike brim hat, both of which I can't wait to wear again and again in 2015.

And there you have it: a year in outfits. It's crazy to think how quickly 2014 went. If you have your own post like this, please do share it as I'd love to see! Which was your favourite outfit of these, and what would you like to see more of next year?

Monday, 29 December 2014

Black Beauty.

Hi dolls, I hope you're well and are enjoying all of the post-Christmas activities including munching on leftovers and watching all the films you didn't get around to seeing! I've had a couple of days off after seemingly endless shifts at work, so I've been doing all of those fun festive things as well as seeing people I haven't yet had time to see over the holidays - all washed down with a glass or two of wine of course! However it also felt important to take some time to catch up with blogging and as such I have an outfit post to share, enjoy!

Spike Brim Hat - Beauty Bizarre
Dress - Topshop
Belt- Topshop
Boots- New Look

I can't express how much I love I have for this spike brim hat from Beauty Bizarre. I don't wear hats often enough but things will have to change now having acquired this beauty. The spikes give an edge to such a classic shape, and although I've always felt a little self-conscious about wearing bigger hats, in this case it's go big (and spiky) or go home. 

I bought this cheesecloth dress and folk belt in a Topshop sale prior to their Christmas sale, so they've been kicking around my wardrobe for a while now without being photographed, despite the fact that I've worn both quite a lot. I'm going to level with you - the dress is technically a nightdress - but I'll stop wearing Topshop's nightwear in the daytime when they stop making it so damn pretty. Some things are just too cute to be confined to the bedroom. Find this outfit on Lookbook here...


Anyway, I hope you're all enjoying the final days of 2014. Do let me know what you think of this outfit in the comments!

Friday, 26 December 2014

Do you want to build a snowman?

Hi dolls, and a belated merry Christmas! I hope you had an amazing day filled with overindulgence, excitement, food, drink and presents galore.

I was given some amazing presents, including a beautiful Bloody Mary Metal drusy ring, Dolce and Gabbana perfume, a faux fur stole, Rob Ryan calendar, and many more lovely gifts.

This year has been so crazy and I've been feeling out of touch with the bloggersphere, something I'm resolute to change in 2015. However, I hope you've all had an absolutely amazing Christmas and enjoyed the festive season. What did you get for Christmas? Do you have exciting plans for the new year?

Friday, 19 December 2014

Because love doesn't come in boxes...

Hello beautiful people! I hope you're all well and enjoying the run-up to the big day - can you believe it's a week today?! This whole year has flown by and December is always so busy. As a result of this jam-packed schedule (seriously - I've been waiting for a free time to watch Elf with my brother for over a week now) I'm forever daydreaming about what what to wear for all the events and occasions going on, as well as what I want to snuggle down in after a day of Christmas shopping. I've compiled a mini wishlist of some of the items I'd love to be wearing - enjoy!

1 & 7: New Look
6: Topshop 

I love shopping in the winter because it has an abundance of the things I swoon over year round: velvet, plaid, lace and dark or jewel tones. Lately I'm being drawn to items with a high neck, such as the Topshop lace crop and the New Look floral shirt. The faux fur and velvet would feel luxurious for an evening out, whilst the hat and sweater from Fjallraven Canada look so cosy to bundle up in during this bitter cold. Finally, whilst I'm still not entirely sold on shift dresses, I'm convinced this plaid number would be pretty cute with a thick cardigan, tights and boots.

What items are you lusting over this December?