Sorry for this rather boring outfit, but it’s just far too cold to even think about going out in anything less! The best think about a big coat like this Topshop one is that no one can see all the ugly, mismatched layers I’ve piled on underneath to keep myself warm! When it’s this cold, all I care about it staying warm, I’m talking hoodies & sweaters that are so old (but so snuggly!) I only ever wear them around the house & thermal tights underneath my leggings. All anyone else sees is this smart black coat though, it’s the perfect disguise!
I’ve never though of myself as much of a hat person, the only style that really suit me are beanies but even then I don’t wear them unless I need to. I originally got this pom pom one from Nelly for walking Nico in, but since the temperature has plummeted it’s barely left my head & I’m finding myself growing quite attached to it. I think it’s that little tuft of fur on the top, it just makes me smile & reminds me of the ones I used to have as a kid.
#1 : Blurry / Love the colours & the distortion in this, I so wish I knew who it was by though! #2 : Frank’N'Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show / One of my all time favourite movies & characters, I have no idea why, but I still have such a huge crush on Tim Curry as Frank… #3 : Sougwen Chung / So much gorgeous detailing in this, I could stare at it forever! #4 : Texture mix / Although I’d never wear real fur, I love the mixture of textures here, definitely want to re-create this but in faux! #5 : Leslie Ann O’Dell / I love how this looks almost too real, but it is a photograph! The use of light & shadow is so painterly, giving that hyper real effect, just beautiful. #6 : Ann Demeulemeester FW12 / I adored this whole collection, but little details like this are why I love Demeulemeester so much… #7 : Hazy sky / Those smokey clouds, pinkish sky & that little sliver of moon, so pretty! #8 : Lonely Hearts underwear set / I still can’t get enough of this underwear, such simple perfection, I wish they had a UK stockist! #9 : Kim Yeong Jun for Singles Korea ‘The Boy’ / I featured Yeong Jun’s work a few posts ago, this is another of my favourites of his. I’ll always be a huge fan of androgynous looks & this whole editorial is killer!
#1 : Palma Violets / Best of Friends #2 : New York Dolls / Personality Crisis #3 : Band of Skulls / The Devil Takes Care of His Own #4 : The Black Keys / Tighten Up #5 : Kings of Leon / Soft #6 : The Strokes / Last Night #7 : Ladyhawke / Girl Like Me #8 : Massive Attack / Angel #9 : Throwing Muses / Counting Backwards #10 : Juliette & The Licks / Got Love To Kill
I love how pretty all the lights look in Town Hall Square here, it definitely makes the fact it’s dark by around 4pm that little bit more bearable. This was one of the last days of the challenge & I’m pretty casual here as my aim was to get some early Christmas shopping done. It was a total fail though, I never came home with a single present, unless you include ones for myself…
I’ve professed my love for this Barneys Originals jacket enough times now, same for my fluffy snoods, but I am really annoyed with myself for not taking a better close-up shot of the leggings. I wear them quite often, so I was surprised I hadn’t featured them in an outfit post yet. I’ve always been a sucker for sheer paneling, but I just love the way they add a little bit of extra interest to an otherwise quite plain outfit.
I also thought I’d show you guys the finished StylistPick video of the whole 7 day challenge. There are a few outfits I haven’t put full outfit posts from up yet, I haven’t decided if I’m going to post them or if it’s a little overkill? Let me know if you’d like to see them or not!
I have to say I found this a lot easier than I expected, though I did get an awful lot of funny looks when I was doing the ones around the city, see if you can spot any of them! The hardest part of it was watching it back, is it just me or does anyone else find watching / hearing themselves to be particularly cringey? I mean, do I really sound like that?! I’m sure it’s not as bad as I think though, but please excuse my constant ‘Ummms’ & my worst habit, forgetting what I’m saying half way through talking! Keep an eye out for a little Nico cameo too!
I’ve been getting steadily obsessed over the last few months with this ‘oxblood’ colour that seems to be everywhere right now. As you can probably guess, I’m not usually one to get all excited over the new ‘it’ colour for the season, but this is different. Even though it’s red, it’s a darker, moodier version. It still feels like a neutral, rather than an actual colour & it fits in with my almost all black wardrobe perfectly.
When I saw this dress on ASOS in the perfect shade, I knew I needed to buy it. It’s perfect for this time of year too, in heavy jersey, with a midi length & long sleeves it’s lovely & warm, the full skirt makes me feel so autumnal swishing around in the breeze too. I’m so glad to be able to get my snoods out again as well, simple layering like this is why I love autumn so much.
I mentioned previously how much I loved my tuxedo from the Todd Lynn for Topshop collaboration, well this is the other tux I managed to buy at the time. Again, it is beautifully constructed in gorgeous wool suiting (just as a good tux should be!) & the perfect structured, boxy shape too. The way it’s cropped right under the bust & the asymmetric faux fur lapels are what really make this jacket for me, it’s quirky, but in an understated, elegant kind of way. It must be one of my most worn jackets, I love throwing it on & feeling instantly sharper, and if it were to ever get ruined I would happily spend three times it’s original selling price for another one on eBay!
Autumn is definitely on it’s way, I love when it’s bright & sunny like this but with a nice, crisp chill in the air too. As soon as I stepped out the door & realized it was a little too cold to not take a sweater with me, I jumped at the chance to chuck on my snood again! I’ve so missed wearing them, it’s like taking your duvet out with you, I feel so snug & cozy when I’m wearing one… Plus, they’re great for burying your face in & having a quick nap on the bus!
I’ve already worn this Lovestruck dress out for a meal since it arrived, but today I decided to really dress it down with my battered boots, thick ribbed tights & this wide AllSaints belt, which for some reason I barely wear. I love plain black dresses like this, but the ruffles & plaited gold straps on this one make it that little bit more interesting.
I’m not sure why I don’t wear this belt more often, it’s one of those things that everytime I put it on I take a look in the mirror & then decide to take it off again! I have heaps of things I don’t wear as much as I ought to, especially shoes, so I’m trying to make an effort to wear them more often & any that I still haven’t worn after a month are getting ebayed! I’m too much of a horder, I think I just hang onto clothes for the sake of it, thinking they might come in handy ‘one day’…
FAIIINT Faux Fur Snood / FAIIINT Paneled Maxi Dress / COS Belt / Topshop Boots
Those of you that live in the UK will be well aware that, despite having lovely warm, sunny Spring weather last week, this week feels like winter all over again & today it has even decided to snow! Rather than feel miserable at the horrible day outside, I decided to take the opportunity to wear (hopefully for the last time till Autumn!) a couple of my favourite things that I made last year…
I brought this amazing faux-fur from an upholstery shop, as it was the softest, most realistic faux-fur I’d ever come across, nicer in fact than even the very expensive types you get in good fabric shops. I love the look of fur, but couldn’t wear real fur myself, so I love that this looks & feels just like the real deal. I brought it mainly to use for the removable collar on the black cropped tux jacket I made, but with quite a lot left over I decided to make this snood out of it too. Even though it’s such a simple little accessory & took no time or skill to make, I think it’s one of my favourites, I have worn it practically every single day over the last few months. Small details such as lining it with thin china silk, so that it wouldn’t make my neck hot & sticky like my other snoods do, mean it has become my go to neckwear for Winter & my other scarfs haven’t had a look in since I made it!
I had been looking for a maxi dress like this one almost all of last Autumn, I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for anywhere so decided to make this out of the bits of leftover jersey I had lying around. It has panels of a heavier ribbed jersey down both sides, this wasn’t a conscious decision, but more due to the fact I didn’t have enough of the plain cotton jersey I used as the main fabric left & this was spare! I love the way it turned out though, I think sometimes my best efforts seem to be the pieces I just knock together & take no care over!