Friday, 30 September 2016

Summer at The Serpentine


A little while ago my second video for Arts channel Canvas went live. I head to the centre of Hyde Park to one of our city's greatest galleries, The Serpentine. See me check out this year’s Summer pavilion by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, before going into the gallery and exploring the work of American painter Alex Katz and Lebanese essayist and poet, Etel Adnan.

I'd love to do more work with this channel, so if you get a moment please go to the video and leave a comment, if you enjoyed it of course!


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Thursday, 29 September 2016

BIKINIS FOR BASHFUL BOOBS


Today is one of those dismal days that require you to put the lights on from midday onwards. i.e my least favourite days. I suffer from SAD so just the knowledge that the shorter and darker days are looming is enough to make me, well, sad.  
I foolishly thought editing some sun drenched holiday pictures may perk me up. Of course they only served as a reminder that I wouldn't be enjoying these types of blissful scenes for a good ten months or so. 

But before I sound like an utterly ungrateful brat, let me just say, that I know I am incredibly lucky to have gotten a holiday at all and trust me I realise that. I think much of my generation take travel for granted but it should always be viewed as something we're are very fortunate to be able to experience. But that's not the topic of today's weenie post. I just wanted to talk about the more modest bikini's out there online, and in stores.

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Temporary Changes...

I think I said the last post was my last of the LFW series of outfits, but put that down to my foggy brain and being dosed up on flu meds. 

This is another look on the casual end of the scale, although I always feel a bit more glam when I wear a maxi skirt. It's not often you feel the fabric drape across the floor and you can't help but feel a bit like a princess because of it.

 Aldo Sunglasses
Vintage Bowie Tee
Booho Oversized denim jacket
Nobody's Child Polka dot wrap skirt
Coverse high top (Office)

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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Sunnie Side Up


One of my favourite parts of blogging is discovering new brands that will swiftly become my staples and go to's for their given speciality. Sometimes I discover them via the style inpirations I follow on Instagram, and occasionally the brands get in touch via email having noticed a synergy between my fashion tastes and what they have to offer. 


Right before my holiday I was invited by Firmoo to pick a pair of frames from their site. They do clear glasses, and safety glasses, alongside their range of sunglasses, but I was desperate to find some sunnies that would enhance all the outfits posts I planned to shoot while in Kefalonia. 


For a while it was all about marbled frames, but the predominant trend right now seems to be mirrored and oversized. Looking at what I was packing for our 5 day stay,  I decided that the pink frames above would be the perfect choice. I thought I was all set to have the most stylish of holidays, but I hadn't predicted that Si would end up stealing them for the majority of our time away, realising that the pale pink looked fantastic with his peroxide hair and mahogony skin. I think I may have to subtly keep sending him the website link until he gets the message and buys himself his own pair of Firmoos.

For me, sunglasses are on par with jeans in terms of the difficulty level in finding the right pair for me. I have a fairly long thin face, with eyebrows that are fairly close to my eyes, so it's always been rather tricky to find flattering frames that are simultaneously tapping into the trends I'm looking to adopt.
 

One of the obvious advantages from shopping on a site such as Firmoo is that it allows you to browse through their vast collection via different search routes. If you want to have a rummage via colour, they have 25 for you too chose from. If you are lucky enough to have worked out what shape suiSt you best, then you can tick either the Rectangle, Square, Round, Oval, Aviator or Wayfarer box.
There's also size, gender, frame, material, or price, if like me you prefer not to spend too much on your sunnies. 

I'm all too aware of my daydreaming brain and my unrivalled ability to leave accessories and other treasured possesions on trains and buses, on the beach or at a holiday cafe. As much as I swoon over designer pairs worn by the bloggers I follow, I know the stress of owning them just won't be worth it, and even if I manage to keep them in my possession I'll manage to sit or stand on them. 

When you can order trend inspired sunnies like this for $19.99, why would you fork out more anyway? I'd rather put the money I save towards more trips to wear my affordable ones on. 

P.S They come with a proper case too, you know, one of those that snap close rather satisfyingly.

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Saturday, 24 September 2016

ALWAYS TIRED


Hi guys, happy weekend to you all. Excuse the brief nature of this post, but it's currently 4pm on Staurday afternoon and I'm still in bed, and yet to put anything aside from my contraceptive pill in my mouth. 

The last week or so I've been feeling like I was about to get ill, my IBS has been flaring up and I've not been sleeping, but yesterday morning the lurgy made itself extremely apparent to me, and everyone who had to share public transport with me. 

 Anastasia Tasou Always Tired Tee
Nasty Gal Bomber
Boohoo Trousers
Adidas Superstars
Primark Flats

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

GRUNGE LUXE & MUM THE FASHION CRITIC

'Well that's different.' 

'Wow' she says, with brows angled in a way that can nonly connote disapproval.

Silence....followed by looks up and down over the top of her bi-focals. 

'Ooh, gotta be honest I prefer you in other things'....

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OUTFIT POST: STARRY LEGGED SURPRISED


For today's what I would have worn to LFW week' post I want to present the jumpsuit of dream, from Nobody's Child. 

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Crabtree & Evelyn #HandsOnFashion Botanical Emporium


If you've been keeping an eye on my wee little blog the last week or so, you will have been aware of my stance on attending LFW this season. However, when I got an email inviting me and a guest down to a Fashion Scout show of my choice and the opportunity to experience the therapeutic wonderland of the Crabtree & Evelyn #HandsOnFashion Botanical Emporium, I thought this would be a reason to take a little hiatus from my LFW sabbatical.

I decided to invite my friend Grant, who is one of those friend's who is always game for anything and willing to go completely outside of his comfort zone. We are constantly going on obscure trip and adventures, and our lives are richer because of them. After a brief wobble about what he should wear, he decided to go with his usual uniform of black, afterall, what's more chic and flattering than that, he reasoned. But he decided that putting a blazer over the top would make it look like he'd made a bit more effort in honour on the occasion and give him a slight feeling of power....I'm not sure the plimsolls are quite in-keeping with that more polished aesthetic...but perhaps he's just flippin' the fashion script or being extremely fashion forward. 
Poor Grant didn't know that when he posted the picture of his strutting outside Freemason's Hall with his LFW goody bag on his socials, that his friends would be so amused they'd turn it into a meme. Not just one meme, but a conveyer belt of memes that has run for 4 days and counting....
 

One of the biggest changes to LFW since I started attending all those years ago, is the emphasis on street fashion - it's almost taken over from the content/clothing featured in the shows, in fact! People are savvy to this, so we now see a  hive of people constantly hanging about outside the venues in either achingly chic or shocikingly out-there ensembles, hoping a street style photographer will want to capture their image. 

People have mixed feelings about the rise of this phenomenom (many view it as attention seeking) but I know I do enjoy marvelling as some of the creative and otherwordly looks that gravitate to Freemasons Hall and Soho during LFW. The spectacle and pick n mix of styles is fantastic for lovers of people watching, like myself.


So let's talk about the pampering we received courtesy of Crabtree and Evelyn. Their #HandsOnFashion Botanical Emporium was stationed in the grand Hall to rejuvenate the weary hands of fashionistas who have been relentlessly tweeting, facetuning pictures and posting on instagram, in order to ensure their LFW content gets as many likes, shares and retweets as possible. 

Bloggers know that this can be an incredibly fruitfull time of year in terms of getting great content and attracting new followers, so many are dogged in their approach to the week. Despite ensuring they find the time to make sure they look fabulous throughout, they don't always manage to fit in measures to ensure they feel good too.


The therapists were on hand (get it) to calm palms with an intensive conditioning massage using Crabtree & Evelyn’s iconic Hand Therapy creams. Hopefully this would go some way in staving off mobile phone induced cramping and RSI.


There were menus placed on the tables to help you pick the right scent to deliver your desired result. If I'm honest with you, I was having a nightmare of a week, so I decided that the RELAX one was the only way to go. 


Grant was rather flummoxed by the decision process but decided to go for RESTORE given that he enjoys a good pommegranate. 


As well as feeling soothed in the hand area we both enjoyed a good natter with our lovely massaging ladies. I used my treatment to have a good vent about the stresses of my week, while I overheard Grant having a good chat about his fish out of water LFW experience.


They started the treatment by exfoliating, getting rid of all those dry or dead skin cells. Due to the quick nature of this treatment we then wiped off the grains with a wet wipe so we could go in with the cream. My one had a Rosewater scent, which I know for many seems a tad old fashioned an aroma, but I love it's nostalgic element. Classics are classics for a reason. We really don't want to say goodbye to them and they'll always be relevent. Grant's more contempoary combination was exotic and zesty and really gave his hands a pleasant zing. He was raring to set his fingers at work on the Gif making machine houses in the Emporium.


The Botanical Emporium was based right near where a lot of the trailblazing designers were flanking their rails displaying their latest collections. It's nice that you can be pamperd one second and educating yourself on emerging talents and upcoming trends the next. Don't get your creamy mitts on their amazing creations though!


While you were there you also had the opportunity to try out all their different cream concoctions and familiarise yourself with their range of products. It's been a while since I have used any if I'm honest but I'm so pleased that I go the chance to recconect with this heritage brand and sponsor of LFW.


Here's Grant being completely oblivious about the crowd queing behind him while posing with the Gif maker.

Angel Chan 

Now for the show, which we got to view from the optimum position of the front row. I had chosen the Angel Chan show as it's one that I knew would deliver colour, eccentricity and thinking outside of the box.


Inspired by the ancient book 'Shan Hai Jing', a historic text depiciting various stories of monsters from land and sea, Angel Chen SS17 rests on the borders of Chinese Heritage and craft innovation. With direct references of the stories themselves, pieces feature iconic symbols, charactersand ceremonial embellishmen as well as original illustrated embroidery by Angel herself - which has now become a signature of the studio.


This year, though she was even more propelled by involving new and innovative techniques. She experimented with a selection of boundary pushing fabrics and new techniques and processes like dissolvable embroidery fillings which has resulted in lighter garments and a mind boggling level of intricacy. 


Alongside these contemporary and revoluionary methods she set herself the task of making her looks multifunctional, in that they can be worn in many different and unusual ways, and as a result taking the concept of unisex fashion into a new and exciting realm. 


The Denim was largely overszied and looked to be inspired by Street Style and urbanwear. Although in keeping with the curret trend of adding interest to denim, her patches and embellishment were cool not kitsch. I loved how the hardwearing denim was teamed with fiery but delicate silk hoodies and delicate sheer tops.


Even if the models were wearing dresses that could be described as pretty or feminine they were given edge via the models harsh and vibrant and unnatural coloured hair and by artyfully using layering techniques that married the tassled dresses with hoodies or clumpy flatform shoes.


The models strutted and haphazardly marched down the catwalk with very evident attitude. With laddered tights and limbs restricted your imagination was encouraged to run wild.


Perhaps the most gentle looks from the collection are these cream Jacquard pieces. Flared trsouers teamed with a tunic/dress which hoops round the mid thigh with flapping epaulettes and beaded neck details. This is perhaps the most overtly feminine series of designs from this seasons Angel Chen. Love the overszied pockets...they may actually be roomy enough for all my gubbins!


What Grant and I both noticed and loved about this show was the emphasis on attitude. The models weren'y gracefully gliding down the catwalk absent of expression, they looked like they were on a mission, or like they had something that they were angry or impassioned about. The music too, wasn't generic chart fodder, it was very striking and unusal and great at enhancing the unique energy of the show. 


 Utility, unisiex, unpredictable and unusual. Angel Chen, I hope to see you next year.



This is NOT a sponsored post, but thank you to Crabtree and Evelyn for inviting me down. 
fashionscout.co.uk
angelchenstudio.com
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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Dressing for LFW with Health Issues


In yesterday's LFW post I briefly touched upon how tough partaking in the events and shows can be for someone with health issues like mine. It got me thinking about the collision of fashion and health, and how some of us our making decision about our style based or influence by our personal ailments.

Blogs and magazine are constantly informing/attempting to dictate what we should/could be wearing each season. Due to how this well steamed fashion system works, with magazines communicating the trends, and catwalks informing the buyers and designers for high streets stores, you could be forgiven for thinking that it's celebrity's, bloggers, and the catwalks (with a bit of our own style notes of course) that are solely responsible for the looks we decide to showcase during our days at fashion week.
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Saturday, 17 September 2016

LFW CHAT & OUTFIT POST: DAY 1


I had been umming and ahhing about whether to do fashion week this season. Last February I decided to give a miss, having attended for about a seven years relentlessly, and ended up being very happy with the decision. Instead, I ended up having an incredibly productive week on my blog and channel and revelled in the lack of stress regarding outfits, commuting, and darting between the shows which inevitably start late and end up clashing. I had thought I'd suffer from a severe case of FOMO, but I really didn't. Don't get me wrong, despite the notable changes in LFW since when I started going all those years ago, which have, if i'm honest made it less enjoyable and shifted the emphasis in the wrong direction (in my opinion), there is still a lot to be got out of attending the London shows. 

For this reason I am not permenantely saying goodbye to fashion week, but taking the time out does allow me to work out how I exactly want to approach them moving forward. This is what I'm currently thinking....
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Thursday, 15 September 2016

OUTFIT POST: NOBODY'S CHILD


I've done a lot of wordy, and fairly draining, emotionally-charged blog posts this week, so forgive me for taking a bit of a break and choosing a short but sweet outfit post for today. 

Today I wanted to showcase this rusty brown and white polka dot dress from the brand Nobody's Child, who I discovered via a friend who was sporting one of their tie tops on Instagram and looking enviously fabulous doing so.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

That F*** It moment....

 

These are happening with increasing frequency of late. Some are the positive ‘F**k its’, but sadly the majority are the negative ‘f**k its.
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