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If Only: Outfit Of The Day 39#

It’d be wrong for me to post this without giving a shout out to my lovely flatmate for this one. Being from Spain, she always survives England’s pitiful excuse for a summer (especially now, on the brink of a new season), with skinny jeans and the cosiest looking jumpers that are just a size or two too big. It’s a look that we all reach for at the time of year, but whereas I’ve always stuck mostly to dark jewel tones (but for one regrettable orange jumper), she knows how to bring summer cheer to a sluggish day. Honestly, while I’m living here, you’ll be seeing a lot of influence from both of my two flatmates creeping into my style. The turban, however, that’s all down to the mystery stranger on Brick Lane.

18-sep

1. Gucci Waffle-Knit Wool Jumper. £455. Available here.

2. J Brand Jake Midi-Rise Slim Jeans. £270. Available here.

3. Christian Louboutin Sakouette Loafers. £425. Available here.

4. Finds En Shalla Beaded Bag. £365. Available here.

5. Nasty Gal Rattle Your Cage Bustier. £25.71. Available here.

6. Virzi+ De Luca Rio Gold-Plated and Cotton Charm Necklace. £610. Available here.

7. Ruxi Tirisi Set of 3 Rose Gold Filled Bracelet. £59.58. Available here.

8. ASOS Knitted Turban Hat in Tobacco. £10. Available here.

9. Joules Saddle Brown Ffionbrooch. £19.95. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit Of The Day 38#

Recently a friend told me that I have a very ’70s vibe’ going on with my look lately… honestly, it surprised me, but looking now at today’s styled look (as while I can’t afford this crazy, wear-it-once wardrobe of my imagination), I can see what she means. The chunky heels, the socks, the colour palette… yes, I see it now.

17-sep

1. Zara Double Layer Top in Black. £25.99. Available here.

2. River Island Black High Waisted Peplum Shorts. £28. Available here.

3. River Island Black Lace Up Chunky Heels. £35 £20. Available here.

4. Topshop Tara Colour-Block Holdall. £45. Available here.

5. ASOS Metallic Contrast Over-the-Knee Socks. £15 £4.50. Available here.

6. Zara Contrast Check Scarf. £25.99. Available here.

7. Zara Rhinestone Necklace. £19.99. Available here.

8. Ottoman Hands Ruby in the Rough Gold-Plated Ring. £44 £33. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit Of The Day 37#

This could so easily step over the line into a going out outfit, especially with the heels and clutch bag, but I would still dare to wear it to the corner shop to buy milk for my cornflakes… is it just me who finds it impossible to say ‘milk for my cornflakes’ without feeling slightly uncomfortable, like it’s a badly veiled euphemism or some such thing? …I think I need to find some girl friends to dilute their foul-mouthed, dirty-minded influences. Anyone?

16-sep

1. Whistles Suzu Crepe Jumpsuit in Lilac. £255 Available here.

2. AllSaints Ireen Rip Bomber Jacket. £195. Available here.

3. Oasis Kimono Envelope Clutch Bag. £25. Available here.

4. Zara Sling Back Heels. £39.99. Available here.

5. My Flash Trash Spine Bangle. £70. Available here.

6. Giles Libertine Thorn Ring. £25. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit Of The Day 36#

Just how pretty is this dress? I’m a sucker for big, girly skirts and waterfall hemlines, and so of course I was going to fall in love with this one the second I saw it… I may have to make this a real-life ootd… the dress, anyway.

15-sep

1. ASOS Skater Dress with Full Dipped Hem in Petrol. £48. Available here.

2. River Island Tan Chunky Cleated Sole T-Bar Shoes. £35 £20. Available here.

3. Topshop Saffiano Colour-Block Satchel. £30. Available here.

4. Reut Seagel Long Statement Necklace. £51.43. Available here.

5. Topshop Assorted Bangle Pack. £16.50. Available here.

6. River Island Eclectic Ring Pack. £8. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit Of The Day 35#

Because surely there’s nothing better to round off an all-cream look than a glorified shopping bag? Keep it simple, let the bag do the talking. Yes.

14-sep

1. No. 21 Mohair and Silk Dress. £615. Available here.

2. Charlotte Olympia The Lady is a Vamp Leather Pump. £545. Available here.

3. 3.1 Phillip Lim Totes Amaze Embossed Leather Tote. £910. Available here.

4. The Elder Statesman Wear LACMA Printed Cashmere Scarf. £175. Available here.

5. Hervé Van der Straeten Hammered Gold-Plated Ring. £155. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 1#

Like most girls, I have for years enjoyed wasting hours of precious time on various Fashion blogs, or perusing Lookbook.nu, perusing with green-eyed envy the carefully styled outfits of the globe’s most glamorous bloggers, photographers, models, students, graduates, interns and general ‘average Joe-anne’s; those in the same boat, it seems on the surface, as myself, (recent graduate, recently moved to London, pushing, like everyone else, for that big career break), and yet they are magically able to somehow afford what constantly appears to be immaculately designed, sweeping white-walled apartments and bottomless Narnia wardrobes.

I know that bloggers carefully design their public persona. Some may spend a week completely redesigning their entire work area simple for a quick ‘what’s on my desk’ post, while others swap and borrow from a long list of friend and family members’ wardrobes in order to constantly appear to have been on the shopping spree of the century. The more well-known bloggers may get sent free stuff, or take home goodie-bags from a range of events that their magical spot of the internet grants them access to.

These past few months, I’ve fallen in love with blogging, in the same way that I love my photography. It’s become very much a part of who I want to be, professionally… though I’m still figuring out the logistics of that. However, I do not have an immaculately designed, sweeping white-walled apartments, nor do I have bottomless Narnia wardrobes. I moved here to London in June, with one 10KG, carry-on sized suitcase… partly because I did not realise at the time that I would actually be moving to London, rather than simply passing through on my travels… that decision rather hit me like a ton of bricks. Therefore, 90% of my wardrobe remains locked away in my Dad’s spare bedroom in Derbyshire, waiting for my return. Not to mention that last summer, I decided in a stubborn fit of nomadic wanderlust that I would be living indefinitely out of that same suitcase, and so I had the clear out to end all clear outs. Yes, yes, I know. Silly, silly me. My wardrobe is calling to be built back up to its former glory of all colours, all fabrics, all designers.

Hard to do when you find that you’ve suddenly (a madly, willingly) gone from the luxury of nomadic travel, in all of its rent-free, bill-free, other-‘settler’-related-bills-and-taxes-free glory, to… rent, bills, other-‘settler’-related-bills-and-taxes. I find myself constantly asking where my money has disappeared to, checking my bank statements in a panic, convinced that I’ve been robbed, only to realise, ah, of course… it was rent day yesterday.

It’s been a shock to the system, to say the least. The past twelve months have spoiled me. However, from this came the ‘If Only’ series; an insight into my personal fantasy land, where I can live a-la-Sabrina-the-teenage-witch (you remember? She wore a completely fresh outfit everyday with a zap of her finger, because she could), and wear whatever I want; a completely fresh outfit everyday. Go on, indulge me. It will be so much more interesting than anything in my actual wardrobe.

11-Aug

1. Kate Moss for Topshop Jumpsuit. £90 £50. Available here.

2. Valentino Embellished Suede Cape. £10,440 £6264 . Available here.

3. Guiseppe Zanotti Fish Embellished Sandals. £640. Available here.

4. Reed Krakoff ‘Mini’ Atlantique Tote. Available here.

5. Love Moi Black Gold Triangle Statement Necklace. £17. Available here.

6. Links of London Diamond-cut chain necklace. £110. Available here.

7. Assad Mounser Swarovski Crystal Chain Necklace. £400. Available here.

8. Venna Crystal Pendant Spike Chain Necklace. £485. Available here.

9. Venna Crystal Spike Pearl Necklace. £435. Available here.

(7, 8 and 9 twisted, twined, quite possible taken apart entirely and worn, reassembled, as bracelets)

10. My Flash Trash Bronze Six Grill Ring. £48. Available here.

11. Saint Laurent D-Frame Acetate Mirror Sunglasses. £195. Available here.

12. Alexander McQueen Resin Skull-Handle Collapsible Umbrella. £330. Available here.

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