12 April 2016

STREET STYLE: Spring!

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In today's post I wanted to share some inspirational pictures from my street style board on spring. After a long winter of layers, coats and scarves we sometimes need a push to restyle our closets for warmer weather. Let this post be your (inspirational) push!

Top Takeaways From The Experts Above:
1. Expose the ankle
 Don those heels you've been itching to wear and flash your ankle with a pair of cropped trousers, kick flare jeans or a midi skirt.

2. Layer!
Layering is not only for winter. Why not make spring's top trend the slip dress daytime appropriate with a white tee?

3. Inject some colour
Nothing says spring like colour. I'm thinking muted pinks and powder blues. Although burnt orange would look fabulous on those more daring than me!

Hope you enjoyed this post and let me know how you will be dressing this spring! For more outfit inspo, check out my accompanying Pinterest board.

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10 April 2016

OOTD // Garden Centre

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Just a quick post today -  I wanted to share a couple of pictures that my sister took when we went to Ally Pally garden centre. It was a beautiful day and I loved mooching around, finding the prettiest plants. It's the best kind of window shopping. We had lunch there too - the food wasn't great but the coffee was good. If you're in the Alexandra Palace area on a sunny day, I'd recommend having a wander around here, then getting a cappuccino on the rooftop terrace.

Photography: Asha Oguri

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7 April 2016

APRIL 2016 WISH LIST // LIGHT NEUTRALS

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When putting together my monthly wish lists, I often find that a theme unexpectedly forms. This is sometimes a retailer, like Topshop or The Outnet, or sometimes a colour scheme starts appearing, like my White Out wish list for May 2016. That happened to me today, as I was arranging products that I had bookmarked. I must have subconsciously been yearning for pinks, nudes, whites and rose gold.

Givenchy Antigonas aren't a new lust for me, I have wanted a medium sized black one forever, but when scrolling through Tumblr I saw this picture and I immediately wanted a mini one in nude. Queue an urgent Google search, followed by that heart breaking 4 figure price tag. I wasn't surprised but it doesn't make it any easier! I sent the link to my boyfriend... a girl can dream right?

I love listening to music on the go, and I always wear in ear headphones because I'm not a fan of the bulky look of the ones that go over the head have. I know they have better sound quality, but I can't get over the aesthetics... until I saw this kitty set from Skinny Dip. I love the delicate headband, cute ears and rose gold shade.

I first saw Lavish Alice at Pure London last year, and their stand was arguably the prettiest at the show. I didn't realise that Topshop stocked them until I found myself procrastinating on their website the other day. This culotte jumpsuit really stood out. I love the layered effect that the wrap top and belt have over the culottes. The piece seems quite effortless despite having a lot going on and sooo chic.

I can't seem to have a wish list without a pair of sunglasses! And this Dior pair tick all the boxes: cat eye, mirrored, and have a unique feature. The wire detailing gives the frames something ever so special.

I love shirt dresses. My black one I wear all the time - so easy to slip on and style and it works for a number of occasions. So when I saw this one from Topshop in the perfect shade of pink I was obsessed. I might have to place an order as soon as I finish this post...

I have been searching for a nude lipstick for a while and I keep on seeing Too Faced Melted lipsticks all over the blogosphere. I love the lasting power of liquid lipsticks and if I like this lippy as much as Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara then we will have a winner!


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5 April 2016

Hedi Slimane's Best at Saint Laurent

Anyone that knows me well can tell you that my favourite fashion house is Saint Laurent. I used to choose Yves when asked to look at a designer in secondary school and asked for the YSL coffee table book Style for Christmas 2011. My favourite perfume is the lesser known Saharienne and I have lusted over their bags, purses and shoes for what seems like forever. (See here, here, here, here & here for wish list proof!)

Hedi Slimane was another reason. It was his catwalk collections that I looked forward to every season and they really resonated with me. Thinking about it now, it was because his looks were a mixture of my teenage style (ripped fishnets, black leather) Parisian chic and rock n roll glamour that I aspired to. When I heard the news on April 1st, I initially thought it was an April Fools, but a heartbreaking email update from BoF confirmed the worst.

To appreciate Slimane's genius work at Saint Laurent, I've rounded up his best looks from his stint as creative director at the house, starting with Spring 2013.

Spring 2013
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Slimane's first collection had a boho, Americana vibe courtesy of the floor length dresses, wide brimmed hats and belts. Elements such as pussy bows and tuxedo jackets brought the collection back to its Parisian roots.

Fall 2013
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This collection is right up my street, I cannot begin to express how much I love it! Lingerie influences, leather skirts and faux fur. Coincidentally this was around the same time that my sister and I used to throw vintage plaid shirts over everything.

Spring 2014
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This collection feels very powerful, with its plunging Vs and shoulder pads. There were a lot of sheer blouses in this show, and all the models went braless. Exposing one's nipples is empowering in it's own way, and I think Slimane understood this.

Fall 2014
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Doesn't the first look scream Gossip Girl? I love the school girl look. This collection had a 60s vibe with the Mary Jane shoes, mini skirts and feline make up. I particularly like the velvet dresses of this show. They remind me of a gold velvet "party dress" I wore when I was in primary school and how special it felt.

Spring 2015
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This collection was all about hot pants, platform heels and statement belts. Like Spring 2014, Slimane continues with plunging necklines and risqué hemlines. And despite my dislike for stripes and allergy to colour, I am weirdly digging the sequinned cami of the last look.

Fall 2015
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I actually did a review on this collection when it debuted, so click here for what I thought then, plus a focus on accessories and beauty.

Spring 2016
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As soon as I saw this collection, I immediately needed a tiara in my life. Although mine is more likely to be Claire's Accessories than the £1000 pieces on the models' heads. Many of these looks are festival glam, a sparkly slip shrouded by a leather jacket for example,  and many models wore wellies. This idea of toned down glamour continues into evening looks - a floor length dress is covered by an oversized jumper and an ankle grazing sheer number is paired with a Kate Moss sleeveless leather jacket. Hedi Slimane's effortlessly cool princesses is one of my favourite shows ever.

Pre-Fall 2016
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Slimane staged this show in his beloved LA and elements of the city can be seen in the clothes - statement belts, leopard print and the glamour of fur and sparkle. Menswear was also previewed in the show, I particularly liked this all black ensemble.

Fall 2016
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Hedi Slimane's last show was a classy affair in Paris, with models descending down the staircase in evening looks. Emphasis was put on the shoulders, with pads and ruffles making a statement. I particularly the beautiful shape of the snakeskin top. His signature plunging necklines, mini skirts, wide belts and sheer blouses came out for their finale.

It has recently been announced that Anthony Vaccarello will replace Slimane as creative director, and he certainly has an intimidating act to follow.

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