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If Only: Outfit of the Day 45#

While this look started with the skirt, it’s fair to say that it really ended up revolving around the beautiful amethyst necklace. I’m such a sucker for gemstone jewellery, in all honesty… apparently to the extent that I will happily colour match an entire outfit to suit.

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1. Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Bonded Wool and Chiffon Skirt. £360. Available here.

2. Donna Karen Turtleneck Top. £455. Available here.

3. Adam Lippes Reversible Wool and Cashmere-Blend Cape. £1515. Available here.

4. Isabel Marant Andrew Suede and Leather Ankle Boots. £565. Available here.

5. Michael Michael Kors Hamilton Tote. £310. Available here.

6. Chan Lu Ombre Chashmere and Silk-Blend Scarf. £175. Available here.

7. Decadorn Gold Amethyst Necklace. £38. Available here.

8. Michael Kors Gold Coloured Blue Padlock Bracelet. £115. Available here.

9. Marc by Marc Jacobs Standard Supply Bracelet. £75. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 32#

Today is all about Grandad trousers… or, more specifically, Grandad culottes! Or maybe that should be ‘Grandma raiding Grandad’s wardrobe with the sewing box’ culottes? I don’t know anymore… I do know one thing, however, and that is that between this garish outfit and my bad hair day (it’s cowlicks galore on the crown of my head this morning!!), this look would be a guaranteed way to send every man in London running and cowering in fear at the very sight of me… perhaps it’s best that this is just an ‘if only’ series!

11-sep

1. Pedro del Hierro Madrid Plaid Stretch-Wool Culottes. £390. Available here.

2. Issa Ruth Silk-Georgette Blouse. £395. Available here.

3. Christian Louboutin Intern Studded Striped Canvas Slippers. £645. Available here.

4. Michael Michael Kors Hamilton Large Textured-Leather Tote. £310. Available here.

5. Fleur Designz Turquoise Statement Necklace £116.86. Available here.

6. Chloé Daria Gold Bracelet. £260. Available here.

7. Arme De L’Amour Gold-Plated Ear Cuff. £55. Available here.

8. Jennifer Fisher Mini Peak Set Gold Rings. £270. Available here.

9. ASOS Wool Beret. £12. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 26#

Today, I’m going for vintage (I blame my binge-reading #GIRLBOSS yesterday afternoon), and so a bit more imagination than usual will probably be required to see this outfit in quite the same way that I do. That’s the great thing about vintage; rarely does it appear before you, a bright, sparkling gem of a find. Usually, you have to be willing to painstakingly rake through every corner of every charity/thrift shop in town to find that diamond in the rough, and even then, it takes oodles of imagination to see what it could be, because in that moment, the sad little thing hanging limp in the hanger in your grip is nothing more than an ill fitting, tattered bit of rag. But once you’re smothered it in some TLC and added a personal touch, voila, you find yourself with a completely unique look, rather than simply being another fashionista in Topshop and Urban Outfitters (not that there is anything wrong with that either, of course).

PS. My use of the term ‘vintage’ is very lax… anything from the twentieth century is classed as vintage, in my opinion. Hell, anything pre-2010 is vintage, to me! Such as, you know.. these circa 1990s shorts…

Also, this is probably my most experimental outfit yet, and just goes to show that while this OOTD project started very much with myself in mind, sometimes my mind will stay into photo shoot territory, and I’ll find myself beginning my day by styling imaginary models. I find that it’s a great way to prepare myself for a day of fashion-driven productivity, like a morning exercise. But never, in all my years, have I ever pieced together plaid and tweed – or any outfit, for that matter, and thought, ‘you know what this needs? A sequined turtleneck. I can’t even stand the feel of a turtleneck’s high collar against the skin of my neck… my neck needs it’s space. I’m more surprised than anyone by today’s look… nevertheless, I love it.

5-sep

1. Beyond Retro Vintage Casual Shorts. £18. Available here.

2. Malene Birger Zio Sequined Turtleneck Top. £325. Available here.

3. Burberry Brit Plaid Cotton Shirt. £250. Available here.

4. River Island Black Metal Trim Platform Ankle Boots. £50. Available here.

5. Michael Michael Kors Jet Set Textured-Leather Tote in Burnt Orange. £220. Available here.

6. American Apparel Ribbed Modal Over-the-Knee Socks in Navy. £11. Available here.

7. My Flash Trash Dipped Amber Necklace. £15. Available here

8. Forever 21 Antiqued Faux Stone Ring Set. £2.50. Available here.

9. Forever 21 Stacked Midi Ring Set. £3.50. Available here.

10. Forever 21 Etched Faux Stone Ring Set. £3.50. Available here.

11. Dorothy Perkins Black Casual Skinny Belt. £4. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 22#

Give me drama today – in the best possible way – in my wardrobe. So often, I’ve pined over the beautiful gowns that hit the runways and red carpets, but of course, when would I wear them? Well sometimes, I think I’d just head straight out on my daily errands in a big, puffy ball-skirt or a dressed down gown. Why not? It’d be such a waste, otherwise. This Alberta Ferretti maxi skirt is the perfect example of wearable drama – being a skirt, it can be teamed with something casual; a crop top, a tucked-in slogan t-shirt, a boyfriend-fit jumper or a leather jacket. It hangs just high enough off the ground not to be ruined by the grime of the city streets.

1-Sep

1. Alberta Ferretti Pleated Wrap-Effect Taffeta Maxi-Skirt. £1335. Available here.

2. Balmain Cropped Knitted Top. £1125. Available here.

3. Saint Laurent Oversized Tartan Mohair-Blend Cardigan. £880. Available here.

4. Michael Michael Kors Hamilton Large Textured-Leather Tote in Black. £310. Available here.

5. Jimmy Choo Wheel Suede Slippers. £350. Available here.

6. Valentino Printed Silk-Chiffon Scarf. £220. Available here.

7. Finds Lockhart & Co. Hatters Embroidered Wool-Blend Felt Cap. £70. Available here.

8. Kenneth Jay Lane Hammered Gold-Plated. £125. Available here. x2.

9. Iam by Ileana Makri Chantilly Gold-Plated Necklace. £615. Available here.

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June Wish List

It’s that  time of year when I am thinking about holidays, and while I now days always venture further afield than what good old England has to offer, I do love spontaneous road trips to out lovely seaside-resorts with my friends… when I stick around for long enough to arrange them, of course. For those of you who have never stopped by an English seaside town, all of the picturesque stereotypes are true: colourful beach huts line the sea front, from whatever spot of the beach you stand on, I can guarantee that you’ll hear an ice cream van singing merrily, and seagulls will try (and usually succeed) to steal your ice cream/fish and chips/mug of coffee. Here in England, we’re mad about pinstriped deck chairs and colourful wind shields (a necessity here, I’m afraid), and as lovers of beach-side co-ordination, these colour schemes can’t help but seep into out clothing, our accessories and the unnecessary clobber that we simply must take to the beach with us, in case we get bored (or is that just me?)june-wishlist

1. Sunnylife Ipanema. Beach Towel. £39.95. Available here. A great place to start on the beach-side wish list, is of course, a beautiful beach towel. Because yes, it really does matter just how cute and fashionable the piece of sand-covered fabric on which you lie, is. Most of the time, your choices are either bland, bright or childish printed towels, or those striped wicker mats that cut into your elbows when your trying to read on your front. It’s nice to finally stumble across something pretty that doesn’t scream ‘I’m a beach towel’, because of course, no one wants that.

2. Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. Flo Stretch Dress. £940. Available here. Again with the yellow… it seems to be my clothing colour of choice lately (though I wear it surprisingly rarely). This is a beautifully cut dress is so flattering for big-bummed, small-boobed ‘pear shapes’ like myself (always a challenge.. no one wants to balloon the pear!), accentuating a tiny waist.

3. Topshop. Red Square Stone Studs. £6.50. Available here. These earrings would look great with the yellow Preen dress above, don’t you think? Unfortunately, I have never been lucky enough to find a metal that does not cause a reaction if worn in my ears (not even gold, sadly), and so earrings are a big no no for me, but perhaps… they could be turned into clip-on’s? I think I’ll have to start searching Pinterest for that particular DIY blog post… or of course, I could risk failure and attempt to figure it out for myself? Hmm…

4. Dune. Celia Peeptoe Wedge Court Shoes. £59. Available here. A beautiful pair of elegant, sleek white wedge shoes. These can be worn with any summer dress, which I adore (and in terms of packing your suitcase, it’s so much more practical). Not ideal for walking along sandy beach fronts, but stick to the esplanade and you’ll look great.

5. Kate Space. Cuba Street iPhone Case. $45. Available here. Kate Space… one of my favourites. Get your phone ready for the beach (and have planned a carefully sand-and-sea-free environment in which it can enjoy your holiday) by ‘dressing’ it in this illustrated ‘Cuba Street’ phone case.

6. Prada. Cat Eye Acetate Sunglasses. £230. Available here. This year, sunglasses trends are all about colour, pattern and drama, and Prada are, of course, leading that trend with their stylist new collection, my favourite being these cat eye, red-and-tortoiseshell glasses. Great for adding a touch of old Hollywood to your look. Think of Marilyn Monroe’s beach style.

7. Michael Michael Kors. Hamilton Saffiano Leather Shoulder Bag. £218. Available here. New wish list, new handbag. Usually, I prefer for my handbag to go big – out of necessity, obviously (is it just me who can’t read the word ‘obviously’ without Alan Rickman’s Snape temporarily commandeering my usual brain voice?). I generally need a bag that can hold my camera, laptop, kitchen sink, several layers to accommodate for our fickle weather, make up supplies, pen and paper, and other ‘essentials’ of a photographer/writer/art-and-gadget creative, but when there is sand involved… no. Key, phone, a novel (which can be tucked under my arm, along with my beach towel), are all I need… ok, slight lie, there is always the canvas tote beach bag, but that doesn’t mean that there is not also room on my shoulder for this little red Michael Kors bag.. you know, for my house key and phone. And literally nothing else.

8. Newgate Clocks. The New Ritz in Sleepy Blue. £25. Available here. Perfect for that seaside wake-up call at the start of a long drive (if you’re from the Midlands), to the sunny south coast. Or that was a typical start to the annual seaside holidays of my childhood, anyway. I’m a grown up now. My parents aren’t going to drag me out of bed anymore – not that they ever had to, as far as a holiday was ever concerned.

9. France-Tastic Voyage Travel Bottle $34.99. Available here. I know that flasks are more of a winter travel necessity, but for me, as a coffee addict (it’s been two hours since my last cup of coffee.. the cravings are strong), the need for a constant supply of caffeine is very real, and so road trips and long drives (short drives, a nip to the corner shop, crossing my hallway.. anywhere, really) without a drop is simply impossible.

10. James Read. Gradual Tan for Body. £24. Available here. I’ve never really been one to delve into the world of fake tans, being far too fearsome of the dreaded Tango TOWIE look to try, but I’ve heard good things about James Read’s Gradual Tan collection. Great for those who, like me, can’t sit still for long on a beach and would prefer for their skin to remain pale and therefore healthy, youthful and melanoma-free.

11. Mischa. Continental Wallet. £85. Available here. An alternative to the tiny Michael Kors handbag, I suppose (a house key could easily fit in a wallet… but a phone?), this gorgeous blue and white print purse would look great used either as a wallet or, when possible, a clutch bag. Imagine, this purse with the Dune shoes and yellow Preen dress… it works, yes? Or the dress, shoes and red Michael Kor bag, for that matter… choices, choices.

12. Zara. Blue Mini Skirt. £35.99. Available here. This skirt would look so cute with the white Dune wedge sandals and Prada sunglasses above… though a shirt would of course have to be found to complete the look. I should have added a shirt to this wish list.

13. Urban Outfitters. Berlin Boombox in Pink. £60. Available here. When I was about six, I wanted a pink boombox almost identical in my imagination to this one. A few years later, I wanted one of those stereo bags. I never gave into either of those desires (or rather, my parents never did), and I’m quite glad about it really. I mean, they are both equally ridiculous inventions. Nevertheless, this one is adorable, and so a small part of me can’t help but think that maybe I could somehow make it work… no, no, definitely not, but it’s here nonetheless.

14. Chan Lu. Wrap Bracelet. £128.73. Available here. Nothing screams backpacker chic more than a wrap beaded bracelet. Especially if they are handmade. I can guarantee, however, that no true backpacker would ever be seen wearing a £130 bracelet when one could be made from a bit of twine and some plastic beads instead… imagine just how many hostel nights could be paid for with that money! Still, it’s beautiful, and I would wear it all summer long… probably forgetting to ever move it onto the other wrist, resulting in unfortunate wrap-bracelet tan lines.

15. Hope & Greenwood. Tuck Box. £40. Available here. For £40, this is an overpriced extravagance if ever I saw one, but being an item on sale at Selfridges, I suppose it’s to be expected, I suppose. Still, there’s plenty to go around, so shared between a group, this could become a cute little addition to any beach-side summer picnic. Just throw in some Pimms, and your picturesque English picnic is complete.

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