Saturday, 18 November 2017

Spring In The Winter...






Hat - Oxfam
Crop Top - H&M
Trousers - Topshop
Trainers - Clarks Trigenics
Coat - Vintage
Lipstick - Topshop Infrared
I bought these trousers in spring and that's what they scream to me. The pale blue gingham and frills reminds me of Dorothy suffering the black and white hurricane and emerging in the bright colour world of Oz. I wore them all through spring and summer with white t-shirts and small black sleeveless crop tops, sandals and bare arms. But I can't do that now, it's officially winter here in Sheffield.

I have never been very good at adapting. As a child I used to go on holiday and make my parent's lives hell by crying for the first two days, simply because that strange hotel room was not my home. When I moved to uni, I called my mum and begged her to pick me up only days later. And it's guaranteed I will always hate my haircut initially. As a creature of routine and small homely comforts, I get stuck in my ways and I' m lost when I come unstuck. And I've been feeling that way a bit lately.

Despite wearing this trousers to death in the spring, they've been sitting in my wardrobe for weeks. Because they are spring, they are bare skin and crop tops and that's not where I am now. Just as I'm not very good at adapting, neither is my fashion. My mum hates it, but my clothes get stuck in a particular context or weather pattern and I struggle to ever see them past that.

So in a small attempt to re-adapt, I wore spring in winter. I swapped bare arms for this beautifully shaped, thick black crop top, and swapped my sandals for all white trainers and added an orange lip to keep a little bit of brightness on a grey day. I added a belt around the waist to tie in the black, and then later added my baker boy hat to keep my noggin warm. Throwing my trusty fur coat on top, I liked what I saw in the mirror. I liked the re-adaptation because really it wasn't too different. Just a bit of a greyer surrounding.

I can't stop the reasons, and I can't keep buying new clothes. So everything but keep up, and change to do so.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Fashion & Film #11 ~ Pretty Woman...



The 1990 movie Pretty Woman is everlasting and iconic as both a beautifully unconventional love story, and a time capsule displaying the hand-over between 80s and 90s fashion.

Pretty Woman has remained one of my favourite films since I was young. Julia Robert's performance as Vivian is infatuating, her classic smile on a character that is so optimistic and charming despite her situation makes the character endlessly likeable. She has little to no flaws, and I want her to be my best friend.

Dealing with the topic of sex work, the movie tackles the idea of 'cheap', 'tacky' fashion. If anyone ever attempts to insult your outfit by likening you to a 'hooker', please point them in the direction of Pretty Woman and say thank you, because Vivian smashes all the stereotypes by dressing impeccably from start to finish.

We first see Vivian in a cut out dress, baker boy hat, thigh high boots and an oversized red silk suit jacket. Incredible. Iconic. Beautiful. 10/10 would wear. Her style of edgy and overtly tryna-be sexy dress is the dream cross-decade attire, displaying several trends and pieces that we're all lusting after at the moment. Then her change into tryna-be classy attire towards the end of the film shows us exactly how to wear masculine shapes as she wears jewel-toned co-ords and tailored shapes. Perfect from start to finish, Vivian turns 'hooker' into a well-crafted aesthetic (and a successful career that bags her a man.)

At the start of the year I decided my vibe was Pretty Woman; ironically sexy while also totally not sexy and practical. Like a hooker that wants to stay warm and also has uni at 10am. So I've been wearing fishnet tights with short skirts paired with baggy jumpers and berets. I've been dreaming of an all-red get up, pairing a red vinyl skirt with a red knit jumper. Anything PVC, vinyl or leather is ideal.

Think jewel tones, fishnets, pieces that look borrowed from a boy, tailoring, masc/fem and the kind of sexy you'd see in 80s music videos. Think wearing all that in a fancy hotel. That's what Vivian would want for us.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Three Outfits...

The weather in Sheffield is perfect at the moment; bright but cold enough to wear your winter coat. My style definitely comes into its own at this time of year. I love my jumpers and coats, and I've recently really got into hats and headwear after digging my old vintage scarf out of the bottom of my wardrobe.

Here are 3 outfits.



Hat - Oxfam
Jumper - New Look
Coat - Oxfam (ASOS men)
Leggings -Primark
Shoes - Clarks
1. A early morning

I wore this outfit to attend Creative Mornings, which is an monthly early morning lecture series by creatives in the city. This is such a Lucy outfit. I love the neck on this jumper, it's so comfortable but can be dressed up really formally. The boxy cut of it, paired with the tight leggings is one of my fave silhouettes. I paired this with my big denim worker jacket, and my baker boy hat for some more masculine details to off-set the girliness of the pink jumper. I would wear this forever if I could, it's so comfy but structured enough that I don't feel lazy.




Headscarf - Vintage
Dungarees - Topshop
Jumper - Primark
Coat - Vintage
Shoes - As above
2. A day out

I wore this on a day out to York with my boyfriend for our anniversary. I think there's a romanticism in this outfit; the classic fur coat paired with a bright headscarf as a nod to the seventies. I've had these short black dungarees for years now and never tire of them. They're so versatile, I love them with striped t-shirts in the summer, and love them even more with this black high neck jumper in the winter. It's such an effortless, timeless pairing perfect for a day out when you don't want to be bothered by your outfit. Oh and this fur coat remains the love of my life.



Beret - Topshop
Jumper - New Look
Skirt - Pull and Bear
Tights - Primark
Boots - Clarks
Coat - As above
3. A Sunday morning

I wore this for a Sunday morning wander and a coffee, which of course I dressed up for. This outfit is made up of a number of my all-time fave pieces; my beret, my chunky knit jumper, my a-line skirt, my fur coat, and my flat chunky chelsea boots. I paired it with these wide fishnet tights to break it up with a bit of skin, and I thought plain black tights might be a bit too blocky in an outfit with a lot of cream/nude tones. Cosy and simple, but I still felt extra, my fave combo.

xx

Thursday, 2 November 2017

And I Am A Material Girl...


I've got a thing about powerful women. Women who pioneer, fight hard, push for their passions, create change for themselves and/or others. Women that do things. Women that are bold and brave. There's no greater power in the world.

Madonna is a powerful woman. She changed the face of the music industry with her lyrics and visuals. She's reinvented herself so many times but remained a name, she's never slipped from idol status. When Madonna wore a pink cone bra in 1990 she shocked so many people, taking the high fashion underwear as outerwear trend, and putting it on MTV. The take on classic lingerie was a nod to the past of femininity, and was a bold statement about the future of women's sexuality as she again pushed the boundaries for risque outfits at the time. It's a powerful piece, the bullet bra is a powerful shape made from soft silk, the perfect metaphor for powerful women.

And this Halloween I payed homage.







I got this custom made Madonna outfit from House of Erotique. Each piece is handmade by Ben and you can tell that love and passion goes into each stitch. His customer service was incredible, and I can't even begin to describe what a pleasure it was to wear this outfit. It feels incredible on, fits perfectly, and is such high quality. Catch me wearing it around my house 24/7 from now on.

To complete the Madonna look I did the classic smokey eye and drew on a beauty mark. I tried to keep my hair poofy, then later tied it up in a slick high ponytail like she wore it during her Blond Ambition tour. I also added a chunky choker for a bit of neck bling. Oh and I also listened to Into The Groove about 15 times.

Check out Ben's work on his Instagram, and Depop. Because everyone deserves a Madonna outfit and a leopard print beret.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

My Bullet Journal...


By now, bullet journals seem like an old concept that's been swimming round the internet for years. I know for me, they're something I'd seen again and again, always thought I'd like to make one, but never actually doing it. The thought of having to work it all out, draw it and keeping drawing it each month sounded draining when I could just buy a diary and be done with it.

But a month ago I made one, and now I'll swallow my previous criticism.

If you read my post a while back, I wrote that I wanted to get a Five Minute Journal, but I couldn't bring myself to spend £15 on something I might not fully commit too and might not be used in a week. So I thought I'd make my own, then I thought I might as well go all out and make a bullet journal. I started out by looking on Pinterest and getting an idea for the pages I wanted that would suit my life and what I wanted from the journal.

I always knew I wanted to make a gratitude journal rather than a daily tasks or academic one, so I decided to make pages that related to self-care, personal projects, and affirmations, and here's what I ended up with.


I start of each month with some thoughts on habits to make and break from the past month, then lay out a calendar with important dates, some goals I'd like to focus on, and an affirmation for the month.

I see loads of really artistic, beautiful month pages but I have neither the skill or time for that, so I keep mine pretty simple but using a stencil for the main title and some crayons to add colour.


For each month I also have spending, mood, and habit trackers. I've found it really good to have a place to visualise this stuff, so I can see where I'm slipping to motivate myself to get back on track. And obviously as a student, the spending tracker is super helpful for budgeting.


Within my weekly spread I have my gratitude journal where each day I write what I'm grateful for, and an affirmation. I've also made space for important dates, a to-do list, shopping list and meal plan to help me keep track of my life a bit more. Again, I'm a really visual person so being able to see my whole week and all my plans laid out is really really helpful for me, and since having the meal plan box and shopping list to write out ingredients I need, I've actually been sticking to my meal plans for once!


Other pages I have include; a yearly calendar, lunar calendar, self-care tips, project pages for this blog, kiloran and The Tab, a page to write down ideas, and a yearly goals page. But I think the best thing about a bullet journal is obviously that it's totally customisable. If you want it to be academic focused, you could have a page for deadlines or study plans, or make one solely for social plans and to-do lists. What ever pages you need you can make, which is something you can't get from a bought journal.

All you need is a basic journal (I got mine from WH Smiths), a ruler, fine liners and any colouring pencils or crayons to design it however you want. Be as creative as you want, or keep it totally simple. It's entirely your space dedicated totally to your thoughts and needs and plans. And the process of considering what you need and drawing out is amazingly calming, I highly recommend.

I've been sucked into the trend and I'm not even sorry.