Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Talking about: Personal Style


Top: Waiste Vintage
Skirt: Vintage via Depop
Boots: Jeffrey Campbell (old)
Hat: Brixton, similar here
Necklace: Two Feathers, 

Shot by Kaye Ford

It’s that tricky time of year, when I’ve got it into my head that it’s Spring already. And it’s definitely not, if anything it’s got colder, and us Brits are doing what they do best, moaning about the weather. It’s also an odd sort of time at the moment where I’m not wearing what I want to wear, but what I have to wear, which I’ll be honest, does get me down!

It is hard in winter, I find it especially hard to stick to my ‘personal style’ when mine seems to favourite indian gauze or cheesecloth dresses and embroidered blouses, not very winter practical at all. So figuring out what to wear is something I especially struggle with every year around this winter period. I’m not really a jumper and jeans kind of girl, I just don't feel like I can pull it off, yet recently I’ve been living in, you’ve guessed it jumpers and jeans. Because I don’t want to dress like a 70s throwback all of the time, and that's ok. I don’t know why I make myself feel bad and think I’m not being 'me' when I’m my most comfortable in (flared) jeans and an oversized jumper but I do, and I shouldn’t. Personal style is and should be about changing and adapting, and definitely should be wearing things you feel comfortable in.

And what I’ve definitely come to realise over the years is just because I own a vintage shop doesn’t mean I have to dress head to toe in vintage all the time. Personal style is just something that changes and evolves, just as we do as we grow. I’m the first person to admit I am definitely influenced by any of my favourite bloggers over on instagram too, they provide endless source of style inspiration, and so they should,  I love trying new things and styling them in my own way, and although I couldn’t care less about trends, it doesn’t mean I don’t accidentally follow them (aka my straw bag addiction, baker boys, berets, etc etc). Some of my favourite people on instagram are those that have their own unique style completely different to mine, and just seem so effortlessly cool that I just really admire them, even though I wouldn’t really wear it myself. I think as I’ve got older I’ve definitely found and stuck to my ‘personal style’, but I love how it can be influenced and adapted at the same time, I’ve realised I don’t have to stick so rigidly to it, and no one is going to judge me if I spend half of February in the comfiest cosiest clothes possible.


Saturday, 10 February 2018

The Perfect Vintage Coat

Dress: Vintage
Coat: Vintage
Boots: Topshop

Photography: Kaye Ford

Yes I specifically bought cake for this shoot and it was delicious. But more about the coat. I think this has to be my favourite vintage seventies coat I've ever bought. I love everything about it, from the perfect tan colour to the white stitching and pocket detail, the pretty pink satin lining and enormous sheepskin collar, this is me in a coat. I actually can't even remember where I got this from, I definitely know it was online, I think either eBay or Etsy...

I do prefer vintage coats over anything high street/designer. Don't get me wrong I've definitely bought into the faux fur trend and the cute bombers this season, and who doesn't love a biker jacket, but for me, vintage is always my first love.

 I've had so many vintage ones over the years all in some variation of suede and sheepskin, some I regret selling and some I wondered why I even liked in the first place. But this one has really stood the test of time in my wardrobe. Which is quite hard let me tell you from someone who is so indecisive and changes their mind about their clothes every five minutes (definitely quite handy having a vintage shop where I can sell on anything I change my mind on). It's been through a lot these past years, it's moved flat at least four times and seen so many ups and downs, been photographed with those that have come and gone, been borrowed, had drinks spilt on, travelled to different countries, and kept me super cozy and warm throughout so many winters, plus it actually does go with just about anything. Literally it is the perfect coat for me.

 I've never seen another one like it, and although just now I did spend 20 minutes glueing sheepskin fluff back on, and it's coming apart a little at the seams on the inside, I'll never find another one to beat it. I love you. 

Has anyone else found their perfect coat? I would love to see!


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Bee Kind / Be Kind

Boots: Topshop

I have a love/hate relationship with blogging for personal reasons. Although I started this blog years ago, I went through phases of never using it, to posting several times a week, but the thing I always struggle with is writing posts. I’m not a natural writer, I never have the urge to sit down and write how I’m feeling, this part just doesn’t come naturally to me and is something I constantly struggle with when posting. But at the same time I'm a perfectionist, nothing is ever good enough, hence why this is extra hard for me. I want this to be a thoughtful, insightful blog, not just about outfits. I want to create and grow it this year. But there's that voice in the back of my head telling me I never have anything interesting/exciting to say, most of the time I feel like I sound like I’m moaning. I’ve always had a problem with communicating how I’m feeling, I have a tendency to shut down and push people away. This was the case last year especially, when my mum filed for divorce from my dad, for horrible reasons which I won’t get into, but I just didn’t want to talk or speak to anyone, let alone write a post about some outfit I was wearing.

And don’t even get me started on the anxiety of posting photos of myself, picking apart all my flaws until I literally felt like I couldn’t post them at all, after working so hard setting up shoots and working with brands. It’s such a struggle nowadays, there is a constant pressure to ‘fit in’ and create this image of yourself where everything is just rosy and you’re having the time of your life, when in reality of course this isn’t the case at all. Which I’m learning whenI get overwhelmed and start comparing myself to others, to take a step back, switch off from the internet and concentrate on the positives in real life. 

I used to beat myself up about writing posts, the anxiety I got was so extreme I used to put off posts that I’d shot for weeks or months at a time, ashamed I couldn’t write down what I was feeling or have anything interesting to say, I couldn’t articulate in words, or be witty enough, and I would cringe and not be able to even read what I’d written and be embarrassed about sharing anything at all, preferring instagram where I could post a pic and a few emojis, never getting involved in writing proper captions or shying away from talking and commenting on others feed for fear they would think I sounded silly.

Even now I’ve been sat reading blogs and thinking to myself, this whole rambling isn’t how I wanted to get this across, maybe I should just delete this and not bother. But no, I will be brave and press that publish button, this year I will push myself to get out of my comfort zone and really engage and try and communicate how I am feeling. 

I am learning to be kinder on myself, I am my own worst enemy, and of course it has to start with self love. I’m teaching myself to be kind and not beat myself up all the time, which is a slow process, and although I know now writing will never come naturally to me, but that’s ok, it shouldn’t bring me down, after all this is my own blog and it’s ok not to be perfect. Try not to be afraid of what others will think, you can never please everyone, it’s more important for me get out there and try, and not let my fears hold me back from something I love to do.  This cute slogan t-shirt really got me thinking didn't it!


Monday, 29 January 2018

Curly Sue

Jumper: Free People
Flares: Free People
Kayla Cap: Brixton*
Cavalier Boots: Matisse

Photography: Kaye Ford

I mean, hello dream kitchen! If you've not visited Bobby Fitzpatrick in west London then I suggest you should immediately, if not sooner, as it is literally a 70s dream come true. Everything about it is amazing, the attention to detail is incredible, and I can't wait to shared more from this shoot with you.

I went for the first time to shoot with Kaye and basically just wanted to move in. It's such a shame that there is no where like this in Brighton. It's given me a few ideas let me tell you! And what a complimentary outfit to wear in the 'kitchen' area, mustard is my absolutely favourite colour, and it's perfect for banishing those January blues.

I've been recently desperate to do something different with my hair. I don't know if it's the January blues/boredom kicking in, but unless I cut it all off (NEVER not after growing it this long) I am itching for a change, and from someone who has super straight hair and hates wearing her hair up, curling my hair has been a great alternative recently, I LOVE the way it looks. I was always desperate to have curly hair as a kid, I would sleep religiously in rags or those foam curlers, or good old fashioned braids, but after a few hours of waking up my hair would just be completely straight again, much to my despair. 

So when I found curling wands it was a dream come true. Although now  I am desperate to upgrade and get a better curling wand, I've been so overwhelmed by the amount of choice out there, seriously who knew how many they were! So if anyone has any suggestions for a great wand, please let me know.


Monday, 15 January 2018

Double Leopard

Leopard Blouse: JDY via ASOS
Boots: Old Jeffrey Campbell, similar: here
Beret: ASOS

Photography: Kaye Ford

It's the middle of January and Blue Monday, what a killer combination. I'm currently sat on the train on my way to a blog shoot that almost got rained off (thanks very much gale force winds and torrential rain, good old British weather), and I'm trying very hard to be positive but I find it so hard in January. I keep having to remind myself that this wintery cold period won't last forever, and better days are yet to come. Last night we just booked a little getaway to Italy at the beginning of Feb, back to Rome (I LOVE Rome, it's beautiful) and I'm now counting down the days.

I'm not usually a leopard print kind of girl, I've had these boots forever and worn them like twice, three times? I love the shape of them though. My perfect boot shape. I need these boots in every colour basically. I do find it harder to style patterned boots, as I love patterned clothing and prefer to stick to more neutral boot colours, but who couldn't resist a bit of double leopard print? This blouse looks great with denim or white jeans as it does suede, and I love the cut out neck detail and flared sleeves, making it look that little bit more expensive than it was (£18!). 

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