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New York Fashion Week: Day 3#

You know the routine by now. I spend an evening drooling over the runway live feed, getting far too excited over the beautiful pastel shades, the pops of royal blue, coral, emerald and mustard, spending a month’s earnings on lottery tickets in the hopes that I can stock up my wardrobe with AW15 beauties. Today was no different. From the Japanese print-esque fabrics of Tibi to the linear details of Ralph Rucci… I fall in love all over again.

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Tibi’s accessories were certainly interesting… while I adore the collection, focusing in particular on their skirts and dresses, I have to say.. please, I beg you, lose the hats… awful, awful, awful.

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New York Fashion Week: Day 1

It’s here! It’s begun! New York Fashion week has finally arrived for SS15! I’m literally quivering with excitement.. or, judging by the pounding heartbeat, I’ve drunk one coffee too many, too quickly. While there are still a few more shows to go before the day is up, I couldn’t wait any longer to share a few of my favourite runway looks.

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Creatures of the Wind

That second outfit… can you not picture Keira Knightley wandering around Canonbury in that? She has baggy, high waisted paper-bag trousers to perfection, after all. Though I’d change the shoes. I’ve seen too many 50+ citizens limping down high streets in similar. There’s ‘granny chic’ and then there’s…

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BCBG Max Azria

My evening’s inspiration.. tomorrow I shall be experimenting with karate-style fabric belts, that’s for sure.

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Tome

This is hands down one of my two favourite shows of the day. Tome have done well for me, fixating on beautifully cut silhouettes, silks mixed with lace details, modesty mixed with flashes of skin.. all the things I love most about fashion at the moment. And the combination of navy’s and blacks, with creamy golden pastels works wonderfully together.

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Tadashi Shoji

Ok, so I may as well have dedicated a whole separate post to Tadashi Shoji’s latest collection… when I would ever have a chance to wear most of these outfits, I have no idea, but my god, they are beautiful – the detail, the colour pallet, everything is just so intricate and perfect…

I’m already noticing a trend that I’m particularly excited about: that of draped, billowing fabrics which fall into wonderfully feminine, flattering silhouettes with cinched in waists. Yes, yes, yes!

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 15#

I’ve spent the last two days day and a half at Notting Hill Carnival, and on Saturday, it was lovely, sunny, generally warm but for a few gusts of a chilly breeze. As expected, it was cloud, chaotic, the air thick with the smoke of a thousand BBQs as everyone whose homes lined the carnival route made the most of the event, selling everything from jerk chicken to curry to sweet treats to raise a few pounds for themselves. I even saw people advertising their bathroom for public use – for a small fee. Today, however, the heavens opened, and the plastic, neon disposible rain macs that for some reason become acceptable the moment a person either a) travels to a rainy country, entering stereotypical tourist territory, or b) a person attend a festival/carnival. Personally, I hate them, and so I couldn’t help but focus today’s ‘if only’ outfit around the chicest plastic mac that I could find, as my own classic beige trench only served me well for about an hour.

Ah, England, what is it with you and rainy bank holidays?

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1. ASOS Long Line Rain Mac with Spot. £35. Available here.

2. ASOS Premium Full Skirt in Bonded Satin. £70. Available here.

3. Topshop Lace Bralet. £22. Available here.

4. H&M Knitted Cardigan in White. £7.99. Available here.

5. Kurt Geiger Bettie Black Boots. £75. Available here.

6. Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Karlie Textured-Leather Mini Shoulder Bag. £222. Available here.

7. Alexander McQueen Skull Bead Bracelet. £365.65. Available here.

8. Topshop Oval Stone Ring Set. £12.50. Available here.

9. Topshop Plain Black Cord Bracelet. £14.50. Available here.

10. River Island Gold Tone ‘Cute as a Button’ Bracelet Set. £7. Available here.

11. Accessorize Long Bobble Rope Necklace. £15. Available here.

12. Accessorize 2x Bordeaux Sparkley Stretch Set Bracelets. £10. Available here.

13. Vision Star Dome Umbrella in Clear. £19.99. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 11#

Oh yes, I am still stubbornly refusing to accept that winter is coming to an end. I want gold, and florals, and creams, and beige caramel, cocoa and coffee shades.

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1. Ted Baker Botanical Bloom Dress. £159. Available here.

2. Givenchy Sara Sandals in Beige Leather. £700. Available here.

3. Miu Miu Piccole Leather Shoulder Bag. £570. Available here.

4. Free People Spell Dreamcatcher Robe. £138. Available here.

5. Maria Black Marlow Rose Ear Cuff £75. Available here.

6. Aurelie Bidermann Gold-Plated Necklace. £760. Available here.

7. Maison Martin Margiela Set of Four Gold Rings £260. Available here.

8. Aurelie Bidermann Lafayette Gold-Plated Cuff. £560. Available here.

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Art and Afternoon Walks

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No matter how busy my schedule, I always find the time to take a long walk around London, see an exhibition or two, perhaps visit the theatre, anything that can get me out and about, drinking in as much culture and inspiration as possible, and of course, my camera has to come along with me (but for theatre trips). I’m always trying to make sure that I avoid a creative rut, and before moving to London, I did feel like my whole life was in a rut, a routine, even if, by travelling, it wasn’t a typical one. One of the promises that I made myself when I made my move here, was to get back into the habit of regularly stepping out of my comfort zone.

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For me, street photography is definitely out of my comfort zone. Oh, I can’t and have been known to snap away as I make my way around an unfamiliar place – abroad. It’s a much easier thing to do when there are language barriers, and I’m so clearly not a local. But here, in London, where people can potentially confront me over what I’m doing, knowing that I’d probably not be a good enough actress to pull of pretending to be a tourist.. its a scary thought to an introvert like myself. However, I was determined, and as you can see… I didn’t come away empty handed.

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Kudos have to go to my old college professor (hi Steve), who had a habit of shooting candid street photography discreetly from waist/chest height. At the time, I thought he was crazy he is, of course, completely crazy, but I found it to be such a great way for me to break through that shell of shyness, the paranoid part of me that was too busy fretting about whether people would notice if I take a shot of them, whether they’d confront me, but equally, being too shy to approach people and ask for their photograph (after all, yesterday it took me five minutes to pluck up the courage to ask to the wonderfully dressed woman on Brick Lane, hurried only by noticing that she was about to leave, only to be told, frankly, to bugger off).

So that’s how I began, with a few tentative clicks of the shutter from waist-height, timed to match a noisy rush of traffic. No one noticed. I came to a quiet street, with no noise to cover Canon’s irritably loud shutter. Second photo, and again, no one batted an eye lid. And that was it, boom, fear obliterated. I spent the rest of the afternoon brazenly hopping about, camera pressed to my eye, photographing anyone and anything that caught my eye. It now seems like such a stupid thing to have begun my afternoon worrying about, as after all, I have been carrying around a camera for as long as I can remember, and if ever I leave the country, I have no qualms about photographing whatever takes my fancy, so why does that suddenly change in London?

Well, not anymore.

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Everything I love about London is here for all to see; the madness, the vast, eccentric mix of culture, the mass of public art and entertainment for us all to enjoy, the laughter and how easy it is for everyone to enjoy the city together, but equally the unspoken rules of London: no eye contact, do not speak with strangers, especially on the tube. Big no, no, which as a person who enjoys a good book when travelling by tube, is more than happy with this arrangement. There’s this energy about London and I feel like I’m absorbing it whenever I leave my home; I return each evening smiling, inspired, motivated to knuckle down and work, network, create. Not that I specifically need London for any of that, but to be in a city that amplifies my creative energies tenfold, is such a wonderful, incredible feeling.

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I walked about a dozen miles… from Islington to St Paul’s Cathedral, walking south to Tate Modern (I then stepped inside for a browse, as it’s been far too long since my last visit!), along Southbank, past Big Ben, through Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus, followed by what must have been 1000 miles walking around the mega Waterstones alone (I can never resist), back along Fleet Street, and back towards Angel, back home.

Yes, I guess you could say that my feet now hurt, as do my legs and shoulders. Of course, I could have been sensible, I could have taken the tube, or the bus, but then I would never have found half of these photographs if I had done that. The aches and pains are worth it… and tomorrow morning when it’s even worse, I’ll read this back and look back through these photographs and remind myself of that fact. No, that won’t be necessary. I’ll still be buzzing from my day.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 3#

Today I’m feeling very English country, because what’s that saying? You can take the girl out of the [tiny Derby-skirting village/series of European hostels], but you can’t take the [country/wanderer] out of the girl? Something like that. Of course, I had my exact outfit of the day in mind… only to realise that all of my wonderful baggy jumpers are still locked away in my Dad’s spare room, waiting for me… so instead… if only. Besides, it’s too early to tell yet which way the weather will turn. You just never know. Sunny sundress or farmer chic?13-Aug

1. John Lewis Ghost Keira Tea Dress in Blush. £60. Available here.

2. Stella McCartney Faux Leather Wedge Ankle Boots. £355. Available here.

3. American Apparel Sheer Luxe Shapes Over-the-Knee Socks. $15. Available here.

4. Burberry Medium Grainy Leather Bowling back. £1350. Available here.

5. Topshop Acid Wash Jumper in Khaki. £40. Available here.

6. Topshop Assorted Bead Necklace. £18.50. Available here.

7. My Flash Trash Gold Chain Green Stone Bracelet. £20. Available here.

8. My Flash Trash Gold Chain Turquoise Stone Bracelet. £20. Available here.

9. Topshop Enamel Arrow Finger and Midi Ring. £6.50. Available here.

10. Asos Felt Floppy Hat in Camel. £20. 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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