Monday, 6 April 2015

Country Girl Psychedelica

Seeing as I live and work in the same part of London (Hackney obviously, I'm wearing a velvet turban and have pastel hair for heaven's sake), I don't actually get much time to go and explore Central London. Luckily, my wonderful friend Leigh was down from York this Easter weekend, so we took it as an excuse to go and see the Forensics exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in Euston, which is absolutely fantastic by the way. It was really surprisingly detailed for a free exhibition, and what's more, the Wellcome's gift shop is awesome. Gift shops are one of my favourite things, where else can you get soft toy organism key rings? (See below for my Soft Toy organism twin). photo American Apparel Beyond Retro 4_zps76tg8dkd.jpg
I got Leigh to snap these photos of me whilst we were walking up towards Oxford street. I noticed a perfect 'blogger street' (def: a street filled with posh white houses and lamp posts that is ideal for taking outfit photos on) out of the corner of my eye, and stopped Leigh in her tracks so that I could have a chance to get a new blog post up because it's been ages! Leigh also noticed a shop just behind us in this picture called 'Wot the Dickens', and seeing as she is a massive Dickens fan, guess who was mega excited?
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Coat - Paul Costello via Charity Shop
Shirt - Stylemoi
Riding Pants - American Apparel (sold out in purple online)
Shoes - H&M
Hat - Beyond Retro
Bag - Waterstones

This outfit is kind of an odd combination of very a English heritage look (the coat and the trousers) as well as a sort of late 60's/early 70s psychedelic look in the form of the hat and the shirt. I sort of look like I'm about to go and hunt some foxes but also take some LSD (don't worry mum, I'm not going to do either). I believe I have sung the praises of this coat before, it was £7 from a charity shop and keeps me very very warm through the bitterly cold winter months. I wore it alongside my Beyond Retro velvet turban, just one from my ever expanding turban collection, undeniably inspired by my pal Maire. I picked up the riding pants in the American Apparel sale for about 70% off, and they are an absolutely amazing, flattering fit, much like most of my other AA clothes, although I have still not ridden a horse in them, and I have a feeling I never will.
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This top is actually a Unif replica from a shop called Style Moi. I try to fulfil my love of Unif clothes in any way I can (which usually involves obsessively trawling Ebay and Depop), as they are quite difficult to find in the UK. I also really want this amazing, psychedelic print in the long dress version, but my search continues. It somewhat accidentally matched with my hair, which I've been washing with a mixture of Bleach Rose Shampoo and Pastel lilac hair dye, which creates a kind of uneven, iridescent effect on my hair which I'm actually really feeling at the moment.
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Saturday, 14 March 2015

The Picasso Top

Art was never my strong point at school, I rarely ever coloured inside the lines, and I don't mean that in a metaphorical 'I was breaking the boundaries' sort of way, I'm just genuinely not a particularly neat person. I think it's fair to say that this was held against me by my teacher at the time, and somewhat downcast, I stopped drawing in my spare time, convinced that neat and 'correct' was the only way to go, something my clumsy, awkward style was never going to be able to replicate.
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But I feel like in this blessed internet age, lots of different ways to access art have been opened up to us, some that might seem controversial. If you're a tumblr user, you might have seen those memes going round of song lyrics plastered over famous paintings. There's also body comparisons, that combine art and the mainstream media, such as satirically comparing mother and child sculptures to images of Kim Kardashian and North West. What's more, blogs such as Ugly Renaissance Babies are opening up younger people to the details of classical paintings, even if it is just to laugh at them. And I'll be honest, when going round an art gallery I always fall into the trap of comparing scenes and subjects in paintings to my friends, i.e 'lol that looks like you', but hey, at least it means I'm taking some form of interest right?

So I guess it's a bit of a given to make the comparison between art and fashion. The line between cultural influences and fashion was sort of the thing that got me hooked in the first place. I fell in love with Luella Bartley because she infused her collections with references to English tea parties and Cornish witchcraft. Even now, Molly Goddard took her most recent collection as an excuse to set up a life drawing class of models wearing taffeta and frills. In some ways I'd felt guilty that my principle interest appeared to be fashion, as it had always been seen as vacuous and shallow, but these cultural and artistic influences coming through taught me otherwise, and encouraged me to be more creative with my own style.

I've always fondly called this top, a vintage find from a while ago, my 'Picasso Top,' mainly because it reminded me of some of his disjointed, fragmented, yet very colourful portraits of the women in his life (and as far as I can tell, ol' Pablo couldn't keep his proverbial paintbrush to himself). I've heard jokes before when people have said they feel like a Picasso painting, i.e slightly disordered and all over the place, which absolutely strikes a chord with me. It's not like Picasso had much interest in representing reality as it was and colouring in between the lines, and neither do I. I mean, I'm not trying to say I'm Picasso or anything, but let's say I'm like the Picasso of fashion blogging or something.
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Girl Before A Mirror, Picasso (1932)
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Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937

If you'd like to learn more Picasso and you're a UK reader, there's a pretty good documentary about him on BBC Iplayer here.
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Friday, 6 March 2015

Cool Story Poe

NOTE: This post contains story spoilers and gothic themes. 

Many moons ago, I had designs on this blog being a literary fashion blog. In practice, this was a difficult thing to achieve. It's more tricky than you'd think to try and replicate stream of consciousness in a flowing maxi dress. However, my old A Level pal Edgar Allen Poe is strongly associated with the gothic, an era that inspires images of pale maidens who frankly needed to eat a few more oranges to get some blood flowing through their cheeks (that's what oranges do right? I'm a scientist). In short, it's an aesthetic that I have 12 years worth of skull print clothing and black nail polish enough to get on board with.  photo e72b98eb-54c4-44c3-b2be-b79dbf730d38_zpsjwgqrvrv.jpg
Bag - Out Of Print
Lipstick - Barry M
Nails - Avon (bought on Ebay)

I first found out about Out Of Print when I saw their t-shirts being stocked in Blackwells in Oxford. They're doing what this blog wanted to do originally, combining fashion and literature. You can find T-shirts with classic literary fiction covers on them, as well as accessories. They've also got an eye for a bloody good pun, which is where this 'Poe ka Dots' bag comes in. Have you ever heard anything more genius? I think Poe would be thrilled to see himself being celebrated in such a way, and let's face it, as a man who dealt with batshit crazy plot lines such as a murderous Orangutan and a character obsessed by the beating heart of the man he just killed, there's nobody who deserved to adorn my makeup bag more than him. So props to you Out Of Print, and I'll undoubtedly be coming back to your for more literary based fashion fodder.
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Also, do you like my background? It's my wardrobe, and I'm posing next to Nicki Minaj for extra gothic effect.

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Monday, 2 March 2015

Camden Crayon Chic

So I'm taking a little foray into landscape outfit photography in this post, which I think makes for a better picture but also isn't so great on getting the details in these first shots, but I think that might be down to me not knowing how to use my camera properly, and as a result not effectively instructing others. Even so, I'm really into this outfit, which I wore to meet up with Lix and Laila in Camden this Saturday. These were taken outside Camden Foundry, which certainly made for some awkward situations as people were entering and leaving the venue ('Sorry, we're just fashion blogging, fancy being in a post?', I said to one young family who happened to stumble upon our makeshift shoot).  photo 8680111b-ffb0-41d5-bcd7-d28cbf8eb348_zpsoihdsmfe.jpg
Jacket - Unif via Depop
Dress - Whitepepper
Shoes - Asos (sold out)
Bag - Choies

You might already know that this jacket is my most prized clothing possession. I can't wait for Spring to roll around so it can really have its moment. It perfectly compliments this new season Whitepepper dress that I treated myself to (I have four Whitepepper dresses now, so I'm developing quite a portfolio), it's part of their child's play collection, with a colourful dinosaur print. I really looked like I should be finger painting and making little sausages out of clay, not going for a drink with friends. I was really feeling the cartoony vibe this time, particularly as my roots had just been topped up, making my eyebrows look comically large and dark.
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To top it off, I'm wearing Candy Yum Yum on my lips, an incredibly bright shade of pink. I'm by no means an expert on beauty, but I'd definitely say it's a very bold Summer shade. I tend to stick to red lipsticks, but a pink seemed to be the best idea for this outfit. Alongside this I've got my necklace from Punky Pins and a brooch made by Cakeeater on Etsy (discontinued at the moment), because I'm a witch who loves scrabble don't ya know.
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Thanks to Laila for taking these!

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Masters Degree In Being Cuter Than You

* Disclaimer: I don't actually have a master's degree in anything, as I'm waiting patiently for cuteness studies to become widely accepted as an academic discipline.

So today I decided to plump for a studious look, but one that makes me look like I'm studying at Monster High, or at Wednesday Adam's school for young ladies with resting bitchface and frequently updated Tumblr accounts, or Weirdsister college (the university spin off of the Worst Witch, look it up). The funny thing is that I'm no longer study at all, having left university last year. But if I had woken up this morning in a mad rush to get to a lecture, realising I didn't have the set text for that week or even a pen and paper on the way, then this would be the ideal outfit.
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Glasses - C/O London Retro via Myoptique
Top - Primark
Trousers - H&M
Shoes - Clarks 
Bag - Choies (sold out)
Notebook - Claires
Scrunchie - Ebay

If we could just put to the back of our minds the hypocrisy of me wearing a pair of glasses when I don't actually need glasses for a moment, we can agree that these ones are a really flattering pair for the face, although unfortunately I have a rather large head which means they don't quite fit perfectly, so that'll teach me for predictably equating studiousness with wearing glasses.
My favourite element of this outfit are these trousers, which are insanely comfy but also really well tailored to look super smart, even when I haven't made any sort of effort whatsoever. They're covered in a sort of water lily design, and at £14, they were definitely worth the Monet (FYI: this is the only blog that will be combining rubbish art history puns and cheap trousers this week).
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Last but absolutely not least, the accessories. I saw this amazing notebook in Claire's with my mother the other day - Claire's isn't a shop I've been into for many years now, due to deciding that the extravagantly sized hair bows that I used to spend my pocket money on as a 15 year old were no longer 'my aesthetic'. But I noticed that they've been doing a selection of monster accessories including notebooks, phone covers and ipad covers, which reminded me of Burberry's Autumn 2012/2013 collection, as well as some of Meadham Kirchoff's lurid creations, so ultimately I decided I was onto a winner with this. Alongside my 2d bag, I definitely look like I walked out of some cartoon that I watched on CBBC after school!
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