Saturday, 30 August 2014

Technicolour Jacket Dreams

I'm currently experiencing a really rather lovely period of my life. You know when everything sort of seems to level out, after a period of uncertainty and feeling altogether a bit glum? Yeah, that. And you know what makes everything just that little better? A new jacket, of course. You know there is really nothing that I enjoy more than outerwear, and I think I have pretty much found the Holy Grail of outerwear, if such a thing exists.
These pictures were taken when I finally met up with the lovely Laila from the blog Tape Parade. We had such a lovely time hanging out, and of course we had to crack the DSLR's out and take some snaps. So thanks to Laila for taking these!
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Jacket - Unif via Depop
Top - Internacionale
Jeans - Topshop (Joni)
Shoes - Shoe Zone

This. Jacket. Basically I've been nothing short of obsessed with a certain American brand called Unif, who create an array of colourful clothes that are clearly made for the super cool kids. Not just cool, SUPER bloody cool. And despite being the one at school who probably spent more time pretending to be a witch in my own personal games on the playground than learning to socialise (I still haven't really stopped doing this) I wanted a slice of the action.

I've been using an app called depop that you may have heard of, which is like ebay and lets you sell clothes etc. I'd been checking the Unif tag religiously, as their clothes aren't available in the UK unless you get them shipped from America. One day, the much sought after I DYE Moto jacket came online from an English seller, and I snapped it up as soon as I could, for perhaps a little more than I would usually spend on a piece of clothing, but I knew this was the one (yes, I talk about clothes as if they're the relationship I currently don't have).

This tie dye jacket is honestly the item of my dreams, I feel like I've been waiting for this jacket. It was destined, meant to be. It is now a part of a my soul, and let's just say in the event of a fire all expensive electrical items and valued flatmates would be pushed to the wayside just to save this baby. So yes, I really do quite like this jacket.

 I decided to pair this with an understated neon orange top, so as to leave my parents in absolutely no doubt that I'm on drugs (I'm joking mum, if you're reading).
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Just, you know, a casual pose that we would all do.
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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Bath.

I thought I'd share my outfit today, as I'm spending the weekend visiting my family in the beautiful city of Bath. I've spent quite a lot of time in Bath over the years, and it really is one of the prettiest cities I've ever been to (probably pipped to the post by the stunning Edinburgh and my hometown Oxford, but you know). We're staying at my aunt and uncle's house, which is up in the hills above the city, and every day we get to walk in via the beautiful river, and I wanted to share the amazing scenery with you (along with my brand spanking outfit).  photo 23rdaug1_zpsf79b8c6c.jpg
Hat - Beyond Retro
Top - Primark
Skirt - Front Row Shop
Shoes - Converse
Sunglasses - Primark
Bag - Waterstones

This skirt is such an incredible find, I'm so pleased that I invested in it after seeing it on the beautiful Tara's blog. It is from Front Row Shop, an extremely reasonably priced Asian company who create the most exceptionally sophisticated clothes. I love to wear this skirt with trainers or pumps, as it's certainly more of a glamorous evening look, but also looks lovely when dressed down! I also love the comfortable but flattering fit.
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On my head is a leopard print turban from Beyond Retro. I'd wanted a leopard print hat for a while and this was the ideal choice for me. Alongside the skirt it makes me feel very elegant and allows me to integrate 'old Hollywood' elements into my everyday outfits. I paired it with some purple lipstick, and went round looking like I was about to start telling people's fortunes (I've been called 'Mystic Meg' whilst wearing a turban too many times to count).
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I hope you're all having a lovely Bank Holiday weekend (that's if you're in the UK, but if you're not, hope you're having a brill weekend anyway)!
Thanks for reading! Belphoebe x Find me elsewhere! Instagram

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Vinyl

As comfort goes, I have to admit this isn't the most comfortable outfit. PVC certainly isn't the most practical material to make a skirt out of. But after seeing the American Apparel vinyl skirts, I thought they looked completely amazing, and I decided to choose style over comfort, which surprisingly enough for a fashion blogger, is not a decision I make very often. So I wrestled (literally) my backside into this skirt.  photo 8f594be6-ea0f-4e83-86f6-3aa0823cba45_zpse49b515f.jpg
Top - New Look
Skirt - DaisyStreet
Bag - Choies
Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell (bought from Office ages ago)

Though I mentioned the American Apparel PVC skirts before, this one is actually from Daisy Street, and was only around £15. I was adamant that I wanted a yellow one but may well consider buying other colours. I paired it with my staple stripy top from New Look, and some red Jeffrey Campbell heels. The Choies bag I think added a bit of fun and even more colour to the outfit (as well as making me feel like I've walked straight out of a comic strip). I felt insanely glamorous in this outfit, but seeing as the skirt itself is incredibly short, I might have to wear it with black tights for the next time I go out.
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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Pencil skirts and trainers

Oops! I did it again...I forgot to blog. I say 'forgot', truthfully it has been in the back of my mind whilst a lot of different things have been going on, particularly graduating from my university with a degree in English Literature (first class, lord only knows how that happened), working full time at my job, and moving all my many dresses from one house to the other. I've currently shacked up with the annoyingly gorgeous Daniela of Couture and Crumpets in a blogger's house. I still don't feel entirely settled (I'm only staying there for a month), but I'm hoping I can get back into a proper routine by the end of August.
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Top - Primark
Skirt - Phoebe Lettice for Illustrated People
Bag - Kanken
Shoes - Nike via Asos (sold out I think)

But I have an outfit for you today! I wore this to work a few days ago and I absolutely loved the combination of the pencil skirt and trainers, which I never thought would actually work, but some what marvellously it did!
This Phoebe - Lettice for Illustrated People skirt is actually my new favourite. It is so flattering and the pattern is adorable. If you don't know, Phoebe was the eccentric dresser on Made in Chelsea who rolled her eyes a lot, something that I feel we have in common. I bought two pencil skirts from her collection as they are so practical and go with everything. This skirt has a junkfood theme, if you look very closely you can see little juice cartons on it.
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Alongside the skirt I wore these AMAZING nike shoes that I bought from Asos. Yes alright, I know they're actually meant for people who can run for more than 5 seconds without falling to the ground in a heap (hello, my exercise routine), but I completely fell for the neon colour. They immediately make the pencil skirt more casual, as well as being so comfortable.
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Thanks for reading! Belphoebe x Find me elsewhere! Instagram

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Dip Dying my Hair Pink with Bleach Rose

I've been flirting with the idea for a while of doing a beauty feature on this blog, despite knowing really nothing at all about beauty products except for how to order them on a worryingly regular basis. However, the temptation to start a feature called 'Bel's Beauty Bits' is strong.

I'd actually ordered a whole load of products from the 'Bleach London' line a while back. For those of you who aren't in the loop or down with the kids, Bleach London is an achingly cool salon in Dalston (where all the hip hop happening kids live) who became well known for their lust worthy unnatural hair colourings, which unsurprisingly grabbed my attention. When they released a selection of hair dyes and other products in Boots, I was the first one scratching frantically at the doors, demanding an array of impractical hair colours in super trendy packaging. It's only now that I finally got round to properly 'sorting out' (bleaching the living daylights out of) my hair and finally getting in on the dip dye trend (which I realise is now 'soooo 2012' but hell who cares) and I thought I would share a little review and the results with you!
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Now as far as semi permanent guides go, I can't pretend that I notice an inordinate amount of difference between them, so in many ways it can come down to the design, and even the naming of the dye. I love the way Bleach named their dyes (awkward peach being a personal favourite) and I thought that the bottle for Bleach Rose looked so gorgeous that it's actually been sitting pride of place on my dressing table for a while. The dye itself was easy to apply, and seeing as I was only doing the ends of my hair, I just applied it with my hands, which surprisingly worked brilliantly and I didn't miss any bits (I usually miss out a whole chunk of my hair without realising when I'm doing it alone).
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The before and after! Peculiarly enough I appear to have developed a tan overnight as well, although it might just be the bronzer I use. 

Part of me hopes that putting the pink tones in my hair might help dull the green tones in my bleached hair (residue from a particularly stubborn blue), but for now I absolutely adore the pink and am pleasantly surprised/shocked by how well the dying process went.

You can buy Bleach London dyes in LOADS OF COLOURS at large Boots stores and online. A similar review of their hair styling products is to come.
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