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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Hi there. It's been a while, hasn't it?! I always feel guilty when I don't keep this page updated - I generally have things to say / things to share but my time management has really been out of the window recently, and I've had to dedicate most of my time to catching up with school work and keeping on top of college and all the deadlines that come with it. This year has been weird so far - after the summer, I seem to have changed a lot and my whole social group / school dynamic has changed, including the things I do and places I go outside of school. I've been going out more around London and hanging out with friends more, listening to more music and dancing a lot, which in my books makes it a pretty good year so far. I will get back on top of posting on here too - I know I say that every time, but I do really mean it!

 I turned 18 a few weeks ago, which is really crazy for me as I genuinely still feel about 12 years old. I had a strange realisation, whilst dancing along to Craft Spells (who I went to see in a super cool basement in Dalston with Mona) on a Tuesday night, that suddenly I was an individual with no constraints anymore - I can go out and do whatever, even though I really do not feel like an adult yet. It's odd, but I'm enjoying it so far. Above are an odd selection of horrendous quality webcam photos from the last few weeks and a page from my current A level sketchbook.
I haven't got a full outfit post as such ready for today, but I think a catch up is needed anyway so I am going to use this post to share a bit of my current inspirations / moodboards as well as any updates from things I've done or been to. Normal service will resume on this page shortly I promise!


I'm really feeling pastels again this year - I don't wear them enough. Soft nudes, pinks and natural colours to match the cool winter and sleepy days spent working inside...also, florals to remind me that there is spring to look forward to after the nest few cold months. Collectif's spring/summer SS15 collection captures this perfectly, with pretty vintage floral prints in dresses and two pieces that could transition easily into your autumn wardrobe.





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I'm also really into reds, tartan, checks and golds, probably because it's christmas soon. Collectif's A/W 15 collection has some amazing pieces that fit this aesthetic perfectly...I love the Lurex fishtail dress and the check dresses, perfect for winter parties.
I was actually invited to the Collectif camden party, a lovely evening of vintage style, music and people all gathered together in one space. I unfortunately couldn't stay very long and so didn't get many photos, but kindly have been sent these taken by Jackson and Co and Lisa Jane Photography that perfectly capture how lovely the night was.

Collectif is an independent 1940s and 50s inspired vintage reproduction brand, who create the most beautiful and authentic retro inspired pieces based on their in-depth knowledge and huge archive of vintage style. A great way for newcomers to get into vintage without having to buy second-hand, Collectif is also a wonderful way to find vintage pieces in the right size (it can be hard to find actual vintage in modern sizes!). The party itself was a lovely event for anyone who loves vintage, with a showcase of the brand's festive season lines, makeovers and styling, and live music from acts such as The Tootsie Rollers, The Victory Sisters and burlesque from The Folly Mixtures. I had a really lovely evening, thank you Collectif for inviting me! I really recommend you check out their online store here.

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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

As always, half term is never long enough - I've had almost half of my week off already and the time is definitely slipping by too quickly. I have got a nice week lined up though - I spent the weekend away in Norfolk with my family, am working / seeing friends this week, and then it's Halloween and my birthday this weekend coming. It's really surreal to think that I'm almost 18 - I'm not quite ready for the transition into actually being responsible for things but I guess there's no time like the present. Anyway here are a few photos from my weekend in Norfolk - my parents surprised me with the little holiday, and we stayed in a sweet barn near Sheringham. My hasty packing the night we left meant I ended up wearing a odd mix of patterns every day simply because I'd just grabbed random clothes from my room and not planned rational outfits.

I ordered this bralet from Depop and it is genuinely one of the best things I've ever bought - so cute and the pattern is everything I could want in a pattern. I'm not entirely sure what possessed me to wear it over a leopard print top (from Beyond Retro) but I actually really like the combination. I wore them with a blazer from a kilo sale a few years ago, Rokit jeans that I spontaneously cropped during a random 2am burst of creativity, Primark socks and my favourite Monki shoes. The lizard brooch was my mum's when she was a teenager, the pencil brooch was from an antique market in Paris and the necklace was from a kilo sale.

The spiral ring was also from Paris - since working at Hirst Antiques I have really become a bit obsessed with collecting jewellery...once you start, it really is addictive.
We went to Cromer on the first day and it was a really pretty seaside town - we ate lunch on the Pier and my cousins spent ages in the amusement arcades (which are so comforting and nostalgic and remind me of being a little kid again).

On the second day I wore a patterned Beyond Retro shirt with shorts from Clothes Show a few years ago, socks from Topshop and Dr Martens shoes. I never used to wear low necked tops as I don't think they suit me but recently I've realised I can solve this problem by wearing lots of jewellery and necklaces. We went for a walk around Sheringham and I found so many amazingly cheap charity shops.

On the third day I wore a glittery Beyond Retro shirt under a jumper I bought in a charity shop in Sheringham the day before, Urban Outfitters shorts and Dr Martens shoes. The gold necklace was from the same charity shop and the earrings are my crescent moon earrings I bought in Barcelona.

We spent the last day in Holt, a really beautiful town, and I browsed in pretty vintage shops and had my first gingerbread coffee of the season. It was a lovely weekend and really got me in the mood for Autumn. I hope you all have a lovely week!