The stain magnet

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URBAN OUTFITTERS clogs (here)
TOPSHOP shirt dress (similar here and here)

Within 10 minutes of putting on this shirt dress, I seem to attract spillages. Every single time. Water is 95% more likely to spray on me than if I were to be wearing any other garment. I can assure you, this fabric has no water-wicking properties whatsoever. I’m not one to care for minor stains, as an art student I’m used to a little mess and this old Topshop number and rather resembles an old painter’s shirt. But, where do you overstep the ‘laidback’ line? I seem to be fitting the wire-haired artist look with the scraped back hair but embrace the stains, become a painter.

Fringing on Friday

FF – Fringe Fridays – do you reckon it’ll become a thing? Nothing says “it’s Friday!!!” like a little bit of fringe. I mean c’mon, it invites you to swing in celebration as you embrace Saturday with open arms and the tassels brush against your leg in the breeze.  Apart from getting caught on door handles, in zips and other such impracticalities, I can find no major fault in the magnificent trim that allows you to feel like you’re about to go to a party. Oh, by the way, don’t ask why my legs were crossed in every single shot…I didn’t need to go to the toilet, no. DSC_7907-2DSC_7959-2DSC_7792DSC_7878DSC_7760

ZARA dress (here)
TOPSHOP sunglasses (similar here)
Greek sandals (similar here and here)

Eighteenth Birthday

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Wearing: J Crew dress, Topshop sunglasses (similar), Dune shoes

The past couple of weeks have been very hectic; finishing my final A-Level exams, leaving school forever (!!!), passing my driving test, celebrating friends birthdays and now my own 18th. I’m finally a free woman which means plenty of time for regular blog updates and sharing lots of recipes and other style-related content.

I kicked my birthday off with a lovely brunch with my mum and sister in Shoreditch and a wander round in the sunshine. I’m keeping this post very short and sweet as I’ve got celebrating to do, but I look forward to whatever adult life brings and an exciting summer ahead.

Now, pass the gin *insert dancing lady emoji*.

Rouge

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IMG_5695.JPGTOPSHOP ribbed crop top
ASOS skirt
NEW BALANCE 410 trainers
GAP coat
TOPSHOP earrings

A bit of quick and impromptu post abusing the back door step. Apologies for the bad quality photos, they were taken on my phone.

Day 2 of January 2015, and as you may have read in my previous post, my efforts to add a little brightness into my wardrobe seem to be going well. It may be a little eager to feature a red outfit immediately following my last red-inspired post, but I was feeling eager wear some rouge. I’m enjoying the red lip and red top combo a lot at the moment – which reinforces why red such a great colour; a matching green lip and jumper wouldn’t quite be the same now would it.

I like this ASOS skirt as the front split is an alternative to the usual side-split skirts, and since I don’t really like wearing tight body-con style skirts, this is a different, cool option for a midi. I wore my New Balance as it was an easy errand-running kind of day, also deciding to brave the weather and not wear tights – I was surprisingly not very cold.

The ribbed crop top is really soft and great for this time of year as it feels like a thin jumper, and easy for layering under coats or blazers. It was a Topshop sale find that I actually borrowed from my younger sister, although I saw it in the shop first *rolls eyes*. After a lot of experience, I think I have established that the best time to ask her to borrow clothes is in the mornings, when she’s half unconscious in bed and will mumble ‘yeah’ just get me out of the room. As we get older we’re both slowly started to accept the fact that it’s better to lend each other clothes. It’s a bit like having a double wardrobe, accept for the fact I have probably invested in double the amount of clothes as her, and so it isn’t much of a fair deal on my half. I have also found that sisters are also incredibly useful for purchasing things that you don’t want to spend the money on yourself. For example, the other day, I saw a black jumpsuit in H&M and as lovely as it was, I couldn’t quite justify getting it as I had bought another black jumpsuit about a week before. The simple solution? Make your sister try it on, persuade her it looks great (which it did) so that she buys it herself, and then just borrow hers when you fancy another black playsuit option. What are sister for ey?

Knee highs

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UNIQLO jumper
ALL SAINTS skirt
H&M socks and bracelet
TOPSHOP boots

Having been absent from my life since about Year Nine, over-the-knee socks have made a very warm welcome back into my life and my chest of draws. I feel like I’m channelling my inner Britney ~ Hit Me Baby One More Time ~ swapping the polyester grey school skirt, for a little chic-er leather All Saints mini. Someone pass the pink fluffy scrunchies.

Winter whites

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A very cosy Sunday attire for the start of some festivities, wearing winter whites (actually both garments are cream but we can pretend). The Christmas tree was bought and decorated in our usual mismatched fashion, with a ton of Christmas songs on full volume, competing with the rowdy bickering of four siblings; not evening a Christmas tree will prevent arguments. I felt very snuggly thanks to this lovely All Saints knit, a perfect addition to my wardrobe (which is quite limited in the knitwear department) and so this one is definitely a perfect addition and will be great for layering this season. I was kindly invited to the All Saints December look book event on Tuesday evening which was lots of fun and I got to try on lots of lovely pieces from the new collection – the ‘Rox blazer’ being a particular favourite. The sleek black silhouettes and intricate beaded dresses were definitely getting me excited for the Christmas party season, but for now it’s Nikes and knits only.

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ALL SAINTS jumper
TOPSHOP jumpsuit (similar)
MALENE BIRGER Jacket (from this really unknown little shop called my mum’s wardrobe)
NIKE air max Thea

Black and blue

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BACKROOM jacket
UNIQLO jumper
H&M trousers (similar)
ASOS shoes (similar)

A very navy and black themed outfit today, styling this great sleeveless jacket from lovely people at Backroom. Certain I’d miss coat sleeves, paired with this thick wool Uniqlo turtleneck, I was actually pretty cosy on this chilly last Sunday of November (where has the year gone?!). I love how easy and versatile this sleeveless coat is – which would also be ideal thrown over an easy dress for an evening out, or paired with some skinny jeans and a pair of chunky boots for an very effortless look. I don’t know if I went a teeny bit overboard with the co-ordination but I liked the matching of the jacket’s navy panels and the trousers, and of course, went for a faux pony skin bag and pointy loafer combo too. My love for pointy shoes is continuously growing and I was super excited waiting for these beauties to arrive – probably the last purchase I’ll be making on myself for the rest of the year as Christmas shopping and saving for next summer is key right now. Attempting to fight the urge to make a purchase with Asos’ 20% off promotion…who’s with me?

 

Back to black

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ASOS jacket, NEW LOOK TALL culottes, MANGO jumper, TOPSHOP boots, HM bag

Do you know what sucks? Plans. I had intended to use this half term to get my arse in gear, as I’m sure every student says at the start of each break. I’ll catch up on coursework, I’ll complete a whole load of blogposts, I’ll sort out my UCAS, I’ll go into London then, then and then, etc etc. And were half as much of the thing I wanted to do achieved? Nope. I’m definitely a list-making kind of person, so when writing my to-do’s on my beloved Garance Doré pad, I perhaps get a bit carried away with planning all the one-hundred-and-one things I need to do. So, here I am again, on the day before going back to school, still with needing to start an English essay to hand in tomorrow and an additional ever-growing pile of coursework, with that Sunday feeling creeping up on me. Final year of school and my lesson has still not been learnt.

Moving on, I opted for an almost all black outfit today; styling my black culottes with a leather jacket and leather fringed bag from H&M – which are both equally as enjoyable items to wear as the same time…especially in the breeze…free, floaty and freakin’ fun. You just can’t beat a high-waisted pair of wide-legged trousers to brighten your day.