Abaday Dress * / Ray Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses * / ASOS Belt / YoungHearts Quartz Necklace * / RockLove Arrow Ring /
Kurt Geiger Buckle Wedges / Balenciaga City Bag
When it’s warmer I hate to be wearing anything too fussy, I like to just throw on a super simple, basic piece & then add a few nice accessories to keep things interesting. I will forever love a good pair of sunglasses, like my wayfarers from Pret A Voir, for their magical ability to effortlessly inject a little cool into just about any outfit.
This dress is a great example of this, it couldn’t be plainer (I mean it’s almost office wear appropriate!) but I think with the shades, raw quartz necklace & peek of bra strap it feels much more casual & lived in. I must admit, usually messy bra straps sticking out are one of my biggest hates, and you’ll often find me wearing a strapless bra or just not wearing one at all to combat this, but now & then when it looks intentional & not just sloppy I think it can add a nice little detail, like it does here.
Topshop Blazer / F.O.X Draped Silk Top * / Kasun Vampire Bite Ring * / Topshop Snake Print Jeans / Nike Roche Run Trainers via JD Sports *
Lately I’ve found myself more & more drawn to comfy shoes, it started a few years ago with my vast collection of heels slowly becoming outnumbered by more practical wedges & lower, block heels. I haven’t worn a pair of the high, spiked kind in years now. Over the last few months I’ve started reverting back to throwing on a pair of high tops or trainers with pretty much everything, just like I did as a teen. I’m not sure if it’s an age thing or purely because I’ve seen so many girls lately rocking this look & it’s reminded me of how much I like it. The comfort factor is obviously a huge plus too!
I chucked this on for a day of running around & some shopping, it’s a pretty standard casual outfit for me but the addition of my new Nike Roche Run‘s made it even more comfy than usual. These are seriously a dream to wear, so light & springy, plus the mono black colourway is super slick & means they work with just about everything, without looking overly sporty either. I love that they just kind of blend in to this outfit.
Kasun’s vampire bite ring has been a pretty permanent fixture on my hand lately too, it adds a little kick & interest to even the plainest outfit and has proved to be quite a talking point as well. Everyone wants to know about it & where it’s from!
Photos by myself & Tara
A couple of weeks ago I paid a visit to Pure London with the gorgeous Tara of The Style Rawr to check out the upcoming Autumn/Winter & Spring/Summer 2015 collections from some of my favourite brands & discovered a few new ones along the way too. Pure is one of the largest fashion buying events in the UK, and I’m so glad that I finally made it down to check it out.
I had never heard of Dutch brand YaYa before, but their buttery leathers & soft slouchy jerseys all in muted, dusty shades immediately grabbed my attention as we walked past their stall. Me & Tara were both cooing over their beautiful washed blue leather jacket with studded shoulders, the faded blue was such a gorgeous colour, though of course I so wished had been available in a darker grey or black too! I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on this brand for the charcoal & taupe jersey pieces next Spring, and be keeping my fingers crossed that come Autumn they’ll be introducing a few black pieces too.
How beautiful are those Elia B silver brogues? I love to mix in more masculine pieces with my wardrobe, but I have still yet to try out a pair of brogues. The plain black ones have, surprisingly, never really took my fancy. I guess in part that’s because they remind me of school shoes, and they feel a little too prim & polished for my style. The silver version feels fresh & a little rebellious though, I couldn’t help but marvel at how beautifully made they were too.
Es’Givien‘s rail of structured black pieces in techy coated laces & laser cut faux leathers was one of my favourites & another brand that I’m happy to have discovered on the day. Perfect bodycon jersey dresses with cut outs & mesh accents alongside more statement pieces like stiff, cocoon jackets made from coated sports mesh, everything had a subtle futuristic feel & you know I’m a fan of anything that satisfies my inner sci-fi nerd!
I came away with a list full of other brands I’d discovered too, though sadly a lot of these newer & independent labels were not so keen on having photos taken of their products, for obvious reasons & fear of copycats. I will be doing lookbook posts when they become available to show you though! Thanks to the lovely Beth & the team from Good Results for having us, it was so worth the early Sunday morning wakeup!
Catarzi Fedora / FAIIINT Asymmetric Dress / Kasun Vampire Heart Necklace * / Rick Owens Wedges / Balenciaga City Bag
All photos by Rosemary Pitts at Creatures
A couple of weeks ago I met up with the incredibly lovely Rosemary from Creatures for a coffee & to shoot some outfit photos to go along with an interview for her blog. I know I’m always saying this, but meeting other like minded people really is one of the best things about blogging & this is such a good example of that. Rosemary is also from my home town of Leicester, but if it hadn’t have been for her stumbling across my piece about the city with Grazia online & getting in touch, we would never have met & that would have been a real shame, as we got along famously! There’s nothing nicer than meeting someone new that you instantly click with & I’m sure we’ll be hanging out again soon.
I’ve been wearing this asymmetric dress from my capsule collection so much recently, the fine cotton lawn & floaty skirt make it super comfortable and cool to wear in the summer heat. The only downside is I that couldn’t bear to stand getting sweaty & iron it properly before I left, sorry about the creases! This is also the outfit I wore to Hyper Japan, for those that wondered what I’d wore or if I dressed up. As I’m sure you imagined, I was pretty much a floaty black shadow amongst the sea of pinks & rainbow colours! I had a few glances from people who I suspect were wondering who I was supposed to be at the event, and then later a woman on the tube home told me she liked our costumes, to which I replied that I always dress like this. She gave a very awkward giggle & then pretended to read the newspaper!
Go read my interview, see more outfit photos & check out Rosemary’s beautiful blog here.
FOX Draped Silk Top * / YoungHearts Gold Dipped Quartz Necklace * / River Island Asymmetric Skirt / Rick Owens Wedges / Balenciaga City Bag
It’s been so humid these past few days that I’ve been trying to wear as little as possible to stay cool, without looking tacky. I love this asymmetric skirt for times like this, it feels like wearing a tiny mini but without that annoyance of constantly tugging it down for fear of flashing everyone & the extra wrap of fabric keeps it looking more casual & modest too. No matter how hot it gets, it’s no excuse for sloppy dressing. This tank from Log On Style with it’s swathe of airy silk across the front is a new & very welcome addition, super comfortable & light to wear, it’s perfect for this sticky weather.
I always get compliments on my obsidian arrowhead necklace whenever I wear it, and this gorgeous chunk of quartz dipped in gold is my second piece from the wonderful YoungHearts. Their new online store just launched this morning along with brand new pieces, so please do go check it out! I love the simplicity of this piece, I can throw it on with anything & with it’s delicate gold hoop and dipped point it’s beautifully unique too. There is also a striking black version, with a hint of rainbow shine that I really love as well.
Also, I just wanted to thank everyone who wished my ankle a speedy recovery. It’s in much better shape this week, the pain is now just a slight twinge & the swelling has gone right down too, though it’s still quite unsteady & wobbly. That isn’t too much of a problem though, I’m constantly falling over anyway, so I’m sure no one will notice the difference there!