Monthly Archives: January 2013

Glimmer

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I’m not sure what it is with me lately, but it seems that the golden biker jacket I featured a little while ago has given me a taste for all things gold & sequined. It’s so unlike me, but over the past week or so I’ve found myself drawn to everything shiny. First this metallic knit, then gold foil nail polish & I even have a (non-black!) sequined tee on the way! That’s something I never thought I’d be saying, but of course I’ll be wearing them all with a good dose of black, lots of draping & my beaten up boots too!

It’s nice to surprise yourself sometimes & find that things you’d usually dismiss for not being very ‘you’ can actually slot quite effortlessly into your wardrobe with the right styling.

As soon as I saw this chunky knit from Boohoo it was love, the golden paint over the top gives it almost a chain-mail kind of look, and you all know how much I love anything with a bit of a ‘warrior’ feel, so of course I had to have it. It’s super soft & slouchy too, perfect worn a little oversized & belted or tucked in. I love that the gold is just painted on so imperfectly, bits of black knit showing through & patches where it’s rubbing off, it gives it a grungier feel which is I think why I find it so wearable. I must admit though, I am a little scared to wash it, I’m not sure how well the finish will hold up as it’s already leaving a fine layer of golden dust on anything it touches!

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Three Floor SS13

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Three Floor quickly became one of my favourite brands of last year, going from strength to strength with each subsequent collection & rapidly gaining admirers for their high quality, fashion forward pieces with a price tag that just seems too good to be true. The pieces of theirs I own myself are easily some of my favourite items in my wardrobe. They look so much more expensive than their high street price tags would suggest, thanks to beautiful, quality fabrics & the kind of attention to fit & detail that you usually only see on higher end brands.

I’ve been waiting forever to see the full line up for the Spring collection. Upon seeing it I initially thought that it was beautiful but there was nothing very ‘me’ that I’d actually want to buy, unlike previous seasons where I’ve wanted every single piece. The more I look at it though, the more I love it. I think a lot of this was down to the lookbook, as the styling is so far away from my own style I couldn’t see myself in any of the pieces, but looking at them flat & without any fuss I can easily picture a few pieces fitting with my existing wardrobe.

The standout for me is the metallic green dress with the mesh panels, I love how architectural the cut is & the tight fit & faux leather accents toughen it up perfectly, putting it straight to the top of my list. I don’t even mind the metallic green, as it’s dark enough to be wearable for me. The orange dress is my idea of a dream dress, absolute perfection, I only wish that it came in black too so that I could have one myself. I know I’ve been slowly trying out colours other than black recently, but I don’t think I’m ready for bright orange just yet!

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Angular

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This was the first time I’ve been out without a coat or jacket in months, it was such a nice day. Yet fast forward a few days to today & we have a thick blanket of snow & it’s back to being freezing again, typical British weather!

This outfit is all about the beautiful, angular Bracher Emden belt, it makes me feel like some sort of futuristic crime fighter & so I couldn’t resist pairing it with my quilted shoulder tee from ASOS for that little extra sci-fi element! It’s such a statement piece that it immediately dominates any outfit, so I like to keep the rest of my look simple so that it can take full center stage. I’ve been wearing it a lot over chunky sweaters too, as it’s one of those pieces that can transform even the most boring & casual outfits into something so striking & dynamic.

The draped skirt from Religion is one of the only sale buys I’ve brought this year, I’ve been so disappointed in the online sales & haven’t even bothered to check out the stores yet as I’ve heard they’re not much better either. I’d had my eye on the skirt for a while though, so of course I had to get it at 50% off. I love how the draping at the sides actually gives me the illusion of having a few curves, instead of my usual boyish silhouette!

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Warhol

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Since high school I have been obsessed with Andy Warhol, I would even go as far as to call him my idol, so naturally I’ve been meaning to get my hands on some of the Pepe Jeans x Andy Warhol collaboration for a while now, though I could never find anywhere in the UK to buy it.

Whilst browsing through Zalando a few weeks ago I actually squealed in excitement when I saw they stocked the collection & couldn’t pass up the chance to own this tee! I love the simplicity of the ‘print’, which is actually embroidered on, it reminds me of his scribbled sketches & the quirky detailing such as the bright blue binding inside the neck & hem, raw edges & the baby soft fabric make it feel really special & I can easily imagine it’ll be something I wear to death!

These Finsk wedges are my latest favourite purchase, I brought them from their London sample sale just before Christmas & have been wearing them everywhere since. You all know by now that I’m kind of obsessed with the brand & have quite a collection of them, these are my first pair from their new sister line ‘Skin by Finsk’ though & I love that they’re a bit more understated & ‘everyday’ than the mainline. This is one of my favourite things about the brand, the way they combine style & functionality, they’re like little works of art but are also some of the comfiest shoes I’ve ever owned, even their monster wedges which look like a total nightmare to walk in, are comfortable enough to wear all day!

The jacket is one of my own, it’s not perfect, but it’s the most used of the pieces I made during my degree because it’s pretty much my dream jacket; cropped, buttery leather, draped, subtle anatomical detailing & super versatile. It’s been featured here quite a few times now & my favourite thing about it is that it looks totally different depending if it’s zipped up or not, you can see it done up here. I really need to get around to making a more ‘perfect’ version of it when I get chance…

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Pippa McManus

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I’ve been feeling stuck in a rut with my own illustration style for a while now, I love working digitally, but I’ve come to realise that what I really miss is painting. I’ve been sketching a lot & experimenting with different techniques, to try & incorporate a more painterly method into my existing style, but I’ve also been looking to other illustrators & artists for inspiration too.

I came across Pippa McManus a few days ago on another late night binge on Pinterest & instantly fell in love with her graphic, yet very organic & traditional style. The bold block colours are such a great contrast against the smudgy charcoal lines & shading, giving the images a modern, graphic edge. I love when traditional mediums, such as charcoal, acrylic & pastels as she uses, are used in such a fresh way, the perfect mixture between old & new.

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