Silver

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I spent a long time debating over whether or not to get these sneakers, I even took to Twitter to ask you guys for your opinions and it was pretty much straight down the middle. Some of you loved them, some of you hated them, and I was still completely torn. I couldn’t decide if they were trashy cool, or just plain trashy. However, being a bit of a sneaker addict and sticking by my ‘if it’s not black but I still weirdly want it’ rule, I decided to give them a shot.

As soon as they arrived I knew I’d made the right choice, glossy silver vinyl paired with sprayed silver soles, they’re just the right side of tacky. I always enjoy pieces which really divide opinion, and it’s become very clear that with these there is no middle ground, it’s either love or hate. The reworked ‘Brea’ style is a really nice update on the classic Chuck too, with it’s wrap around velcro strap and padded lining and tongue. It’s a subtle change, but one that makes them feel very fresh again. I’m already eyeing up the all black leather version. The silver, black and a handful of other colours are also currently in the sale at lovethesales (they have a pretty great Reiss sale on at the moment too!) if you fancy yourself a pair.

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Striped

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And now for something completely different… If you know how much I love Monty Python, you’ll understand just how much I’ve been dying to type that ever since this dress arrived!

It’s definitely different, and pretty bold compared to my usual shadowy black layers, but even despite this it still feels very me. Black and white stripes have long been a part of gothic fashion, and though I do usually tend to steer clear of them to avoid looking too costumey or like a teenager who just discovered Hot Topic, I’ve always had a soft spot for the right kind of stripe.

I think the key is in choosing a more grown up version and paying close attention to the fabric they’re adorning. Here they’re thick and blocky, laid over a beautiful heavyweight cotton. The off white colour softens the print, whilst still maintaining a very graphic look and when combined with the structured prom dress silhouette, gives it a super classy feel.

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A weekend in Bristol

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With September fast approaching, it was time to schedule in Jade‘s final wedding dress fitting and make any last minute adjustments to the design before I started on the real deal. We had so much fun when we all went down to London for her first fitting, so we thought we’d go over to Bristol this time, and let Tara show us around her city.

This was my first visit to Bristol and I was super excited for the excuse to explore a new place, especially one I’d heard so many great things about, and with such a vibrant street art scene too. After a scenic coach ride through the pretty south western countryside, I met Tara at the station and we made our way over to check in to our room for the night.

We were booked in at the beautiful The Bristol right by the harbourside, and it couldn’t have been a more perfect base for us. Just a short walk from the station and located within the city centre, it was on the doorstep of everywhere that Tara wanted to show us around. We excitedly made our way up to our 5th floor room and were greeted with a gorgeous, bright and airy room with it’s own little lounge area and beautiful views across the harbour. Filled with natural light from the large windows and spacious enough for our little group to gather around as I finished fitting the dress, it was the ideal setting for this important moment. The room was so much bigger than we expected too, and with so many nice little extras, from the Nespresso coffee machine to the robes and Temple Spa toiletries, it felt like a real treat to be staying here.

After Jade’s dress fitting (sorry, no sneak peek photos allowed!) we headed out to explore Bristol and check out Upfest, which I was incredibly excited to see was on at the same weekend we were there. Our first stop was of course the harbour. It was the perfect hot, summery day and there really is nothing like being besides the water with an ice cream in hand on days like this. If I lived here, I think I’d be doing this every time the sun came out! We made a stop at Bagel Boy for a quick lunch, and then wandered around the streets watching as artists from all over Europe painted large murals across Bristol’s buildings as part of Upfest. I love how Bristol has really embraced street art, seeing these incredible pieces everywhere you look gives the whole city such a cool, creative vibe. It’s transformed so many of the dull, grey buildings into things worth stopping to look at, and I did, I spent so much of my time looking up.

We spent the night checking out Bristol’s nightlife for Jade’s impromptu hen party, before ending up back at our hotel with a pizza and talking about boys for hours like a couple of teenagers! Despite the many cocktails we’d drank, we both had the best nights sleep and woke up feeling fresh and ready for breakfast. Tara came by and met us in the lobby so we could all eat and spend a last couple of hours together before we left. I always joke that breakfast is my favourite thing about staying in a hotel, and I was definitely not disappointed here. A full selection of hot breakfast, including the most delicious vegetarian sausages I’ve ever tasted, plus bread, pastries, cereals, fruit and my favourite – a pancake machine! Push a button and a minute or so later, two fresh pancakes pop out! As we ate and talked about the night before, we listened to a live pianist playing soft jazz by the hotel bar and filled ourselves with tea and coffee ready to head back home.

We had the loveliest mini weekend in Bristol, and our stay at The Bristol was the icing on the cake. Both the hotel and our room were beautiful, and had everything we could have wanted, plus plenty of nice little extra touches too. I’m already excited to go back and explore a little more of this vibrant and creative city.

Our stay at The Bristol was complimentary. As always, all opinions are honest and my own.

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Hyper Japan 2016

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Last month I headed down to London with my friend Sam for Hyper Japan‘s 10th annual summer festival. This year the J-culture event set up home at Olympia, and whilst it was probably the smallest venue I’ve seen it held at, they still managed to pack plenty in.

The act I was most excited to see this time around was Charisma.com, a genre-bending OL electro rap group featuring MC Itsuka and DJ Gonchi. Their sound is quirky, high energy and dangerously catchy. I’m not sure how I first came across Hate, but it’s one of those songs that ends up stuck in your head for days at a time, and it got me instantly hooked! When I saw they had been added to this years line up, I knew I couldn’t miss the opportunity to catch them live.

We arrived just before their set and I must admit I was a little disappointed at first to see they were on the pop-up stage in the middle of the hall. Putting the acts in their own room made such a difference at last year’s Christmas Market and gave it a much more exciting and gig-like feel. Their set definitely didn’t disappoint though, the girls were full of energy and put on an amazing show that was impossible not to want to sing and dance along to. They were every bit as fun live as I had hoped and the crowd absolutely loved them. You can check out a video of their performance here (and see us obliviously getting in the way of this guys shot too! Sorry!)
 

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After Charisma.com started our day off on a high, we stuck around to watch the best dressed show off their outfits for the fashion show before grabbing some food and checking out the shopping. As we wandered around the stalls I spotted Phil from SSTUTTER and his gorgeous geometric jewellery again. I love how unique and statement his pieces are and I couldn’t resist buying myself a Nico-like fox head necklace last year. Little Moose also had a selection of beautiful Wonderland themed necklaces, alongside shiny plastic planets, constellations and Sailor Moon inspired pieces.

Unfortunately this year I had to miss the Cosparade, as it clashed with a talk by former Studio Ghibli hand Hirokatsu Kihara. As a huge Ghibli fan, the talk was one of the highlights of the day for me and I feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to hear about the behind the scenes workings of some of my favourite films. Mr Kihara worked directly under Hayao Miyazaki and helped to produce some of the studios most famous and beloved titles including My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service. I sat spellbound for the entire hour, as he pulled out original sketches, cells and concept ideas from from his over-stuffed archive and talked us through the story and process behind each one. It was awe inspiring to see first hand how intricate and ‘low technology’ the process was, with each still often containing many layers, all delicately taped onto clear plastic sheets that sat upon beautifully painted backgrounds. Unfortunately, I can’t publish any of the photos I took of the things that Mr Kihara brought to show us. I promise you it was magical though, and if you ever get the opportunity to see him do a talk, go!

Aferwards we went along for sake tasting, and ended up just a little bit tipsy as we wandered off to squeal at and take photos with all the adorableness at Tofu Cute. I also found my spirit animal in the form of this fat black cat plush with the perfect resting bitch face and I regret not buying it almost daily! I’m still a little sad that I didn’t take the giant Shiba home too, though I can’t decide if the happiness on my face there is down to his cuddliness or the sake!

The one downside to Hyper Japan is that I always leave feeling full of wanderlust, and with a craving that I know only jumping on a plane and actually visiting Japan will satisfy. I’ve been wanting to visit for so long now, but with none of my friends keen to go, it’s always been put off. I feel like 2017 is the year to finally do it though and I’m starting to get seriously tempted to just book it, even if I have to go alone.

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Flutter

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With all of my holiday window shopping of late, I haven’t been able to resist buying a few of the pieces on my list. Seeing as I’m not going to packing until December, I did kind of promise myself I’d get everything I needed in the sales. However, when the perfect piece comes along for a tiny price, like this lace trimmed kimono, it just seems silly not to treat yourself. Instead of tucking it away until then, I’ve been making the most of our summery weather and floating around in it here. It’s such a lovely weight with the heavy lace edges, giving it a perfect drape and the ultimate witchy vibe.

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