Monday, 21 July 2014

I'll say I can't tell you when


Once again, I seem to be posting a sort of Saturday catch-up on a Monday morning. I really do need to try and master the ability to post about things the day they happen, and not a few days later. Oh well. This outfit was from a typical trip to Oxford Street to try and pick up some last minute things for our holiday in a week or so. My family and I tend to go back to the same little house in France for two weeks every year, and to be quite honest those two weeks (filled with nothing but endless reading, sunbathing, swimming and basically enjoying having nothing to do) are the only thing that keep me sane for the rest of the year. There is something so relaxing about being somewhere that is foreign - no one knows who you are, no one knows what you are saying, you're not going to bump into old neighbours or relatives and you can sort of just live anonymously for a little while. It's so peaceful, and is going to be such a welcome break from exams and work and the panic of trying to cram everything in to the last few weeks of summer. It's also a nice way to refresh and recollect myself before starting sixth form in September...and will hopefully give me some time to carry on trying to prepare for Art A-Level (I need all the help I can get).





I wore my new floral top I found in a charity shop for about £3. There are so many where I live but only a really select few nice things in each of them, so finding anything often takes a good bit of searching. I had a field day recently though  and found this shirt, a 60s-ish Topshop shirt, a long floral skirt for France and a cute old jacket that looks like it belonged to Saffy from Absolutely Fabulous. The shorts and bag are from Rokit and the socks and shoes are from Topshop.



In other news, Dahlia Fashion sent me a really beautiful white dress and asked me to try and style it in three different ways. The colour alone was something new for me, as I don't wear much white - however I really liked it, and think I'm definitely going to be wearing it more often. The shape was so pretty and timeless, with the modern cut-away back panels that remind me of the flowy crop tops being sold in American Apparel at the moment.






For the first outfit I went for a very simple white-on-white look, and wore the dress with white tights and white lace-pattern kitten heels. I thought this was a nice, toned-down way of wearing the dress and would be perfect for both day-time garden parties or barbecues as well as evening events.




My second outfit was a more eclectic mix, and took a few more ideas from the sixties theme I had been following. I chose to wear the dress with a cropped leopard jacket from Beyond Retro, and a red bow bracelet from Hirst Antiques. I loved the way these pieces worked with the white lace, and felt the white gave them more of a classy feel than if the dress had been black or some other colour.




My last outfit was a typical odd one - for the more adventurous, I thought pairing the dress with a pair of bright patterned tights would give it that quirky, summery edge. The tights and shoes are Topshop.

Anyway, I hope you have a good week, and thank you to Dahlia for the dress.


Friday, 18 July 2014

I want to knit you a sweater, want to write you a love letter


Hello! This is my last post of old photos...after this I am finally up to date (yay). It only just hit me this week that I actually don't have that much summer left anymore - a mere two weeks to go before I whiz off to France for two weeks, then back a week or so and then college. Ugh. I don't want to think about it - even though I am looking forward to my subjects, I am enjoying this little bit of freedom way too much. I've done quite a lot and haven't had many lazy days, but it still feels like there is so much left to do before I am ready to settle down into routine again.
Anyway, these photos are from a cute Sunday lunch with the whole family a few weeks back. We drove out to Virginia Waters (near Windsor) to meet my Aunt, Uncle and Cousins, and spent a lovely afternoon walking through the cool woodland, watching the swans and then of course enjoying the inevitable Sunday roast (which is something everyone should totally do more often). I also had creme brûlee (ignore awful spelling I have no idea) for the first time since I was a bub and yes, cracked the sugar top with a spoon like Amelie. (If you didn't get that reference you have to watch Amelie, it is the best film in the world ever.)





I wore my new dress from Joy which I got in their sale for £15. It may or may not be two sizes too big for me, but I couldn't resist the cute floral print for the summer. I wore it with Topshop shoes and vest (the whole too big thing meant the dress fell down a lot) H&M tights and my Liberty bag I found at an antique market in Spitalfield's. I guess it was a slightly unusual and quite simplistic outfit for me, but then again I like the fact that my style changes quite a bit, and can be quite normal in some circumstances but absolutely bizarre in others.






In other news, I swam in the ponds again the other day - I can't get over how refreshing it is to be so surrounded by nature, with no chlorine, no tiles, no concrete...nothing except a few stray leaves and some ducks to keep you company. It makes a nice change from a normal pool, and you can totally pretend you are in the countryside (which I seem to do a lot). I am looking forward to getting myself to some art exhibitions over the next two weeks too...I've really begun to miss the quiet of galleries and museums, and the effect of seeing so much creativity in one place. I also really need some inspiration for my summer art assignment, which is to produce three pieces on each of the themes Good, Bad and Ugly. It sounds easy but trying to think of one image or idea that would completely encapsulate a word like 'Bad' is actually really hard (or maybe I'm missing something?) Hopefully I'll come up with an idea soon.






Also, I set up an Etsy! I've loved the idea of selling my clothes for a while now, as I just don't have room for them all and don't wear some of them half as much as they deserve to be worn. I know Hollie, Tessa and Flower amongst others sell on the site so I thought why not join in? Everything is pretty cheap at the moment for what they are, and I have loads more that is going up over the next week so keep checking back! I hope you find something you like!
Also, Sofia of So Loves Vintage chose the winner of the giveaway, and she chose Bakti Jethwa! Congratulations, if you email your details to info@solovesvintage.com, Sofia will get your prize sent out to you!
I'm shooting some new posts this weekend so will be back soon! Hugs


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

more like a beauty queen from a movie scene


 Hello! I've had a very busy (but very lovely) weekend working all day at the wonderful Hirst Antiques on Saturday, before driving down to Hereford on Sunday to catch up with some friends. I didn't realise at the time but it completely wore me out, and resulted in an eleven-hour power sleep which took me through to about midday yesterday. Oh well - I'm all bright-eyed and awake now though, and determined to try and get up to date with this blog again by posting another set of photos from about a month ago.
This is the outfit I wore to Prom, which according to wikipedia is 'a semi-formal dance or gathering of high-school students.' Ours was incredibly last minute as our school (being typically English and entirely uninterested in anything that may cause even mild excitement in students) decided they were not going to have anything to do with the organisation of it, even though we had our exams for the months leading up to the proposed Prom time and so had almost no hope of doing it ourselves. It looked like we were not going to have one at all, but thankfully a group of the awesomest girls on the planet managed to book, plan and haul the entire thing together in about two days time. My friends and I were of course pretty ecstatic at this news as although we were not expecting it to be the party of the year, the idea of dressing up, dancing and just having a cute evening with our year group seemed to us like the best way to end our time at the main school before moving on to sixth form.





The last minute planning of the whole event meant that we only had a day to get our dresses, so my friends and I went on a mission into central London determined to each get the perfect outfit. I knew I wanted a vintage number, and already had my heart set on my favourite Beyond Retro - but after rummaging through their soho store for a good half an hour, I began to doubt whether I'd be able to find one at all. I was just about to make a very sulky exit when I caught a glimpse of pale yellow out of the corner of my eye, and upon investigation discovered the cutest little yellow and lace dress hidden in-between a rail of sweaters. I knew instantly that I had found 'the one,' and rushed off to try it on, where I found it fit me perfectly (though I am sure even if it hadn't I would have bought it anyway). My friends all managed to get what they wanted too, and on the way home I even found a yellow flower garland in Camden Market for £3 that perfectly matched the dress. As you can imagine, I was a very happy bunny - and reassured in the fact that whatever you want, Beyond Retro will have.





The bag and shoes were another last-minute addition, and found on the morning of Prom, after I went on a desperate trip to Brick Lane as I could not find a single pair of white shoes. I finally managed to find a pair that fit me in a shop called Found, Loved on Cheshire Street, and picked the bag up from Rokit. The shoes were slightly patterned which went well with the lace of the dress, and the heel was so tiny that I was able to dance the entire night without any complaints of blisters or numb toes. The bag didn't actually come with me on the evening in the end, but has been used with many other outfits since and has become something of a summer staple. The shawl is something I have had in my room for years, and I'm not entirely sure where it came from.





Makeup wise, I opted for my usual pale, matte complexion (powder is my power tool), softly filled in eyebrows (Benefit Brow Zings in light...once you've used it you'll never go back to pencil, or any other product for that matter), a natural pink and slightly coral lip and liquid eyeliner. I used a silvery glitter eyeshadow and a felt tip liner, with my usual thick black mascara. I like to go for a fairly natural look everywhere except my eyes, which for occasions such as Prom I like to have dark and accentuated. On the whole I tend to avoid blusher as I go red naturally, and as I don't wear much skin makeup (concealer around the T-Zone and then translucent powder everywhere else) this comes through anyway. I kept the jewellery to a minimum as I knew I would be dancing, and so wore my locket and a pair of small gold hoops.





Prom itself was such a cute evening. I got ready with my friend Jazzy listening to the Ziggy Stardust record, then got a lift round to school where we met up with everybody else. The music was mainly old hits that everybody loved, and it was so lovely to be so exam and care free, dancing with the people you've now known for five years and just enjoying the moment and not worrying about the future in any way. It all sounds terribly cliché but it really was a lovely evening, and although I didn't take many pictures (it's hard to photograph whilst doing an exaggerated dance to Michael Jackson) there are a few I found on facebook that I may as well share with you guys.








I hope you all have a lovely week, and I will be back soon with one last last-month post before I can get back posting more recent things! Love