It's this time of year that you look at your wardrobe and think, 'Really?'. You're bored of your winter clothes, it's not warm enough for summer clothes, and yet spring is too close to justify splurging. Plus, what's topping your wishlist right now will be a forgotten dream soon enough as the autumn/winter '14 collections roll in and present oodles of new trend ideas to obsess over. Such is life, hence day dreaming about mohair knits and thick leather boots serves to fill the gap from now until next month. Happy mind, happy bank balance.
Tuesday, February 11
Tuesday, January 28
Punctuality isn't my strong point. I was never good at getting to school on time, my assignments were all handed in at five to the hour, and friends have always had to add at least 10 minutes to my ETA. So when I started this blog in my university dorm room back in 2009, I guess I was a naive in thinking I'd be any good at sticking to regular updates: the #1 rule of blogging. Instead, adopting a more scatty approach, I've dragged it round the world with me, updating it daily - hourly even - at times when I've been most inspired before neglecting it for weeks when reality strikes and real life needs me. For that reason you could say I'm a bad blogger. And I'd agree. But nevertheless, I don't give up on things. Least of all when those things hold so much personal significance, reading like a diary of some of the most exciting months of your life. Instead, I'm going to carry on just like normal from here, ignoring the six month hiatus and apologising now for the next editorial wane. (But I will try extra hard this time, I promise.) As you can imagine, a couple of things have changed.
-I've graduated. I'm now an alumni of the University of Leeds, holding first class honours in Fashion Design.
-I took on the job of Refinery29's London editorial assistant.
-I moved out of my city sky rise apartment in Leeds, sad times.
-I holidayed in Croatia, and spent 10 joyous days in my bikini.
-I said goodbye to 20 years of blonde hair and crossed over to the dark side.
-I said goodbye to 20 years of blonde hair and crossed over to the dark side.
-I followed the bright lights and moved to London.
-Then even brighter, yuppy-style lights to Islington, the place for now I call home.
-I became an editor at ModMods.com, and love helping it grow and grow.
-I had my most sophisticated New Years so far. No drunken antics, no broken windows, no hangover.
Monday, June 10
The sun is finally shining, the evenings are light 'til late, meaning festival season is officially here. Hoorah! The only slightly depressing thing... I don't have a festival planned to go to. Puh! And even more depressing than that is to think around this time last year, I was dancing to my heart's content in Sydney at Laneway. Fortunately, it's only the start of the summer so hopefully something is bound to come up (what with the London move being right around the corner!), but in the meantime, I won't hesitate planning the perfect day-tripping ensemble —complete with Hunter wellies and all, because, y'know, it's England.
Saturday, June 1
Wednesday, May 15
Have woken up to the gloomiest of Wednesdays: rain, wind, and impending doom, with just days until deadline. Not just any deadline I'll add; this is the deadline. The final ever hand-in of my academic life thus far. The one that closes 17 years of working hard, learning, and striving for creative development. Hence weather, you're doing me no favours. Today I really need motivation. Not grey skies and gloomy moods, thank you. 6:34am and already 2 coffees in, today will- be- a- productive- day. Come on creative mind, it's time to get up.
Monday, May 13
After a long day in the design studio, there's nothing like a spot of e-browsing to cure a spot of creative block. With 5 days to go until deadline day, but only 4 days to go until the Great Gatsby, guess which one I'm putting more time and effort into thinking about? Yup, you guessed it.
Goddiva gilded flapper dress, Topshop flopsy sandal, NastyGal bag, NastyGal sunnies.
(In all fairness, 11 hour days in the design room need some sort of productivity driver, and Goddiva's gilded flapper dress is exactly the incentive I was looking for.)
Friday, May 3
Wednesday, May 1
Tuesday, April 30
Those of you that know me know that I haven't stopped talking about The Great Gatsby since I got the chance to interview Baz Luhrmann last year. (NB. an experience I didn't take for granted, and still get giddy at the thought of.) I'd say now, with less than 2 weeks until its debut, and my procrastination levels at an all-time high, over 90% of my Google searches are Gatsby related. I'm not complaining. With the media going nuts over every little leak, and me letting out a squeal with every film still released, Baz must be going balmy as the whole world just waits to scrutinise his creation. (Though if the soundtrack, cast and costumes are anything to go by, it's already my favourite film.)
The Roaring Twenties thing has been brewing in fashion for a while now, with Art Deco prints, dropped waists and sequin-heavy separates. With the film's release, I think we all foresee a major surge of headbands, flapper dresses and Gatsby garden party themes. Retailers ain't letting this go by untouched either, and it's Harrods who have got me most excited. Getting into the swing of all-things-Twenties and tiding us over until the 16th, Harrods are hosting an exclusive online event, full of luxury prizes and generous giveaways. And the best bit? We're all invited!
Pin May 1st in your diary, clear your schedule and charge your laptop as fellow Gatsby-girls, you aren't going to want to miss this. From 4pm until midnight on Wednesday night, I am officially allowing all you other students to step away from the books and on to Harrods.com, to help celebrate the launch of The Summer of Now. In celebration of the new season, Harrods are throwing a very modern get-together, so modern that it's set in cyber space with the hashtag #OPENINGNIGHT. Competition prizes on offer on the night are insane, including a cocktail making masterclass (score!), an ALICE by Temperley dress (eep!), a luxury trip to New York (squeal!), and exclusive tickets to the pre-screening of the film (...bang!). Yup, exploding with eagerness. Teaming up with ALICE by Temperley London, the dress that one lucky winner will receive on the night is part of the AW13 collection (yet to be even released) and oozes '20s decadence. I was lucky enough to admire Temperley London's collection first hand at London Fashion Week this year, and trust me, they don't do luxury by halves. Dripping in glamour, some lucky winner is set to give Daisy Buchanan a run for her money... and I want it to be me. Fortunately for y'all, it is an online only event or else I couldn't guarantee no hair-pulling or elbow-jabbing. Mr Baz Luhrmann, you caused this.
Your invite is below, and I'll e-see you there.
Don't forget, May 1st, from 4pm, #OPENINGNIGHT...
The ALICE by Temperley dress that is up for grabs on the night,..
The Great Gatsby (2013) via IMDb
Monday, April 29
Friday, April 26
Vogue Spain May 13
Ph: Miguel Reveriego, Stylist: Belen Antolin, Model: Aymeline Valade
Über sexy and perfectly summery. Brightening up my Friday spent here in the library, how delicious is this tropical editorial from Vogue Spain? The juxtaposition of those shades against that floral crown, so fresh.
Monday, April 22
Tuesday, April 16
Easter break wasn't just about work, it was about squeezing in shopping too. A jaunt to Topshop resulted in 2 new buys. I'm a cream-coloured knit obsessive, so this is just another to add to the collection. Cropped and cable-knit, it falls off the shoulders in exactly the way you want it to for Spring. Then the trousers, I was lacking something that wasn't jeans or a wool-blend pair, and these are the perfect for the seasonal transition. Today, I'll be wearing both (finally no jacket needed, huzzah!) with white converse and cream nails.