Belstaff Waxed Jacket / Lashes of London Sequin Tee * / Topshop Coated Jeans / Topshop Boutique Boots / Balenciaga City
As part of this years resolutions I’ve been forcing myself to step outside of my sartorial comfort zone. So far I’ve discovered I have a bit of a soft spot for sequins, metallics are blacks best friend & I’ve even been tempted by that orange dress. Obviously, I’m not about to abandon black for good, but it’s nice to mix things up a little sometimes & try things you’d usually dismiss.
This mermaid green sequined tee from Lashes of London was one of those things, beautiful but not for me. That was until I saw how effortlessly Annette paired a similar sequined miniskirt with her mostly monochrome wardrobe, it worked so beautifully against all of the black & suddenly I found myself longing for mermaid sequins too. When it arrived I was pretty surprised by how easy it is to wear, the iridescent purpleish-green sequins make it, like other metallics, almost a neutral. I don’t feel like I’m wearing something bright green, it just feels like another dark layer, and that’s perfect for me.
I know this is also possibly the most cliché way to style sequins for day time, but why mess with a good thing? I just love the crinkly texture & dull sheen of my Belstaff against all the glitz too. It was a total impulse buy, but one I can’t imagine being without now, I can throw it on over anything & it instantly adds that perfect tough, laidback kind of edge, perfect for roughing up sequins!
In : Outfit Also tagged Balenciaga, Belstaff, Biker, Black, Boots, City, Cotton, FAIIINT, Green, Grey, Iridescent, Jacket, Jeans, Lace Up, Lashes of London, Mermaid, Outfit, Print, Sammy Miller, Sequin, Snake, Tee, Topshop, Topshop Boutique, Waxed
Minkpink Wool Biker Jacket c/o MeeMee.com * / AllSaints Draped Dress / Finsk Bandage Wedges / Balenciaga City
This Minkpink biker jacket from MeeMee.com has been a bit of a life saver this past week, it’s beautifully heavy, in a thick felted wool, making it so warm & snug, perfect for these bitter days. The little details like the rose gold zips, cropped length & boxy cut make it stand apart from my other biker jackets, giving it quite a luxe appearance & I haven’t been able to stop wearing it since it arrived. Looking back at these, I probably shouldn’t have worn a vest, a tee and a sweater underneath the jacket though, it looks kinda bulky, but I was toasty & that’s all that matters when it’s this cold!
When I’m all wrapped up sometimes it can feel a little boring, so now the snow has finally melted it was the perfect excuse to dig out one of my trusty pairs of Finsk wedges. There is no outfit, no matter how boring, that these heels can’t add a much needed kick to.
This pair are one of the only pairs of shoes I own that aren’t black (& that I have never been tempted to dye black either!), I love the combination of the dark wood with the nude & white leather, plus that little pop of purple, they’re total perfection. They’re also surprisingly easy to walk in & comfortable, despite the height, thanks to the chunky wedge. So, not as impractical as many would believe when they see me around town shopping in them! If I can run in a pair of heels, to me that makes them practical!
In : Outfit Also tagged Allsaints, Balenciaga, Bandage, Biker, Black, City, Draped, Dress, FAIIINT, Finsk, Jacket, MeeMee, MeeMee.com, Melody, Minkpink, Nude, Outfit, Silk, Wedges, White, Wool
#1 : Inaisce SS12 / So in love with this lookbook, can’t believe I’d never head of the brand before!
#2 : Thom Browne AW12 / Seems to be getting better & better each season, I need this jacket…
#3 : Eclipse / The colours in this are just so beautiful…
#4 : ‘Arcades’ by Troika / Beams of light curved into gothic arches, so striking! I really want to go see this!
#5 : Tyson McAdoo / I adore this guys painterly, digital, grungy take on the classic idea of a pin up!
#6 : Marianne at Style Devil / I really want some finger tattoos after seeing this… So simple but really make an impact!
#7 : Green Smoke / I can’t decide if this is real of Photoshopped, but either way it’s gorgeous…
#8 : (In)decorous Taste Crystal Spiked Harness / I don’t think I even need to say how much I want, no, need this in my life!
#9 : Lightning / I love watching it lightning, this reminds me of being in Florida & the dramatic purple zig zags & forks they get there…
10 Favourite / Most Played Tracks This Week…
Click to open in Spotify : [ Playlist for 02.12.12 - 09.12.12 ]
#1 : Interpol / The Undoing
#2 : Alpines / Chances
#3 : White Lies / Death
#4 : Band Of Skulls / Light of The Morning
#5 : The Pixies / Where Is My Mind
#6 : Breakage / Speachless
#7 : Delphic / This Momentary
#8 : Crystal Castles / Plague
#9 : Marc Streitenfeld / Collision
#10 : Radiohead / Exit Music (For A Film)
PS: Sorry for being MIA for the past week, ended up having much more to do than planned & had no free time!
In : Inspiration, Playlist Also tagged Black, Blue, Clouds, Crystal, Eclipse, FAIIINT, Fashion, Gothic, Grey, Illustration, Inspiration, Lightning, Mood Board, Moon, Pin Up, Religious, Romantic, Smoke, Space, Spells, Spikes, Studded, Studs, Thunder, White, Witchcraft
#1 : Richard Hible Skull evening bag / I think I want, no need, one of these…
#2 : Szymon Brodziak for Idoll Mag / I always love really dramatically lit B&W images & this is a perfect example of that.
#3 : Benny Horne for Vogue Turkey / I love the image, but mostly I just want everything the model is wearing, how awesome are those boots?!
#4 : Unknown / I wish I could find where this is from, so grungy & perfect!
#5 : Haider Ackermann boots / He is one of my absolute favourite designers, but I never paid much attention to his footwear… These might be my ultimate dream boots!
#6 : Area di Barbara Bologna A/W 12 / In love with everything from this collection!
#7 : Zana Bayne Spine Harness / I’ve always loved anatomically inspired things & I just adore this harness.
#8 : Yohji Yamamoto S/S 13 Details / In my opinion Yamamoto is the king of gorgeous little details like this…
#9 : George Pruteanu / A photographer I came across thanks to Pinterest, the light in this & the pose is so beautiful.
10 Favourite / Most Played Tracks This Week…
Click to open in Spotify : [ Playlist for 14.10.12 - 21.10.12 ]
#1 : Instruction / Pissed Me Off Again
#2 : Bush / Machinehead
#3 : The Pixies / Levitate Me
#4 : The Smashing Pumpkins / Landslide
#5 : Sonic Youth / Reena
#6 : Bleech / Break My Nose
#7 : The Long Blondes / Only Lovers Left Alive
#8 : Goldfrapp / Ride A White Horse
#9 : Bat For Lashes / Glass
#10 : Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Skeletons
In : Inspiration, Playlist Also tagged Anatomical, Black, Boots, Dark, Dingy, Editorial, FAIIINT, Fashion, Gothic, Grey, Grunge, Grungey, Inspiration, Mood Board, Sexy, Skull, Spine
#1 : Unknown / Love this whole image – The pose, the model, the lighting, the minimal styling… so perfect & I kind of want a bird wing head piece now…
#2 : Josie Morway / Beautiful paintings, I especially love her birds & this magpie piece in particular, I’ve always loved magpies!
#3 : Alexey Titarenko’s “City Of Shadows” / Haunting images of Saint Petersburg during the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990′s.
#4 : Eeee, I can’t wait to get to go swimming when we get to Florida next weekend!
#5 : So striking, I’ve always loved raw crystals… Such pretty colours!
#6 : via. They All Hate Us / DIY inspiration!
#7 : via. The Trend Spotter / Still totally in love with pastel & ombre hair, I only wish I had the balls to try it, I daren’t incase I ruin my hair though… I love how the lips & eyes are matching here too.
#8 : Spikes & two toned plait, striking! Great makeup too.
#9 : Pamela Love / Another of those perfect images, styling, makeup & hair are so spot on. Beautiful jewellery too of course!
10 Favourite / Most Played Tracks This Week…
Click to open in Spotify : [ Playlist for 15.07.12 - 22.07.12 ]
#1 : The Airborne Toxic Event / Sometime Around Midnight
#2 : Architecture In Helsinki / Contact High
#3 : The Naked & The Famous / Young Blood
#4 : I Blame Coco / Selfmachine
#5 : Manic Street Preachers / If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
#6 : Foster The People / Pumped Up Kicks
#7 : Friendly Fires / Blue Cassette
#8 : The Wombats / Lets Dance To Joy Division
#9 : We Are Scientists / The Great Escape
#10 : The Vaccines / If You Wanna
In : Inspiration, Playlist Also tagged Bird, Black, Blue, Braid, Crystal, Dip Dye, FAIIINT, Grey, Inspiration, Lilac, Ombre, Pamela Love, Pastel, Pink, Plait, Raw, Spikes, Studs, Water, Wing
Sorry for yet more shoe posts, I promise I’ll do some actual outfit posts once my skin gets back to normal (thanks a lot MAC pressed powder!) I’m sure it’s quite obvious now that I have a serious addiction, but I had to show these off, my new favorites, I think these are the first pair of non-black shoes I haven’t even contemplated dying black, they are just perfect as they are.
I’ve been collecting Finsk shoes for quite a few years now, it started off with a ruched pair of platform ankle boots from the collaboration with the (now defunct) shoe chain Faith, they were in the sale, crammed amongst all the others, but they stood out, every other shoe looked boring next to them. I didn’t have the money to, but I brought them anyway. I’d never heard of Finsk until then, but I got home & immediately looked the brand up & knew I had to have more shoes like this. I love contradicting elements in design, hard but soft, structured but organic & Julia Lundsten does this so well with Finsk.
New books too, my other addiction, ‘Empire of Death’ is a collection of gorgeous photos from Ossuaries & Charnel Houses from all over the world & is one of the most beautiful books I’ve seen in a long time. I’ve always been drawn to quite macabre & dark subjects like this, so I find it fascinating & quite moving, but I’m sure there’s a lot that would view it as really rather disgusting & maybe even disrespectful. Also when I spotted Hellboy, now in nice chunky hard back ‘library editions’, being one of my favorite comics, I couldn’t resist!