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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Thanks for reading! Belphoebe x Find me elsewhere! Instagram

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Brick Lane

Today I bring you not just one, but two different outfits! These were taken on a grand day out to Brick Lane, on one of my favourite blogger streets, Princelet Street. I went along with Lucy, a childhood friend and person I had pretty much fallen out of contact with until recently. Lucy is undoubtedly one of the most vivacious people I've ever met, so she's always so much fun to hang out with. We spent many happy days back home in Oxfordshire getting dressed up and taking countless photos (usually of Lucy jumping, because she just insisted on it) and then uploading them for the wonderment of our school friends on Bebo, so you could say that Lucy inspired my career aspiration to take lots of photos of myself, and as a consequence, was a small part of the conception of this fair blog. Anyway, we spent a marvellous afternoon together taking a selection of genuinely hilariously terrible photos in the Rough Trade photo booth, nearly crying with laughter in the Blitz London changing rooms, and eating burgers at the Big Chill.
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Coat - Topshop
Cardigan - Monki via Asos (sold out)
T-shirt - Primark
Bralet - Asos (sold out)
Disco Pants - AA via Charity shop
Trainers - Converse
Bag - Choies
Necklace - C/O Punky Pins

It's pretty funny looking back through the outfit photos we took because I'm pretty much laughing in every one, as Lucy was screaming 'YAS DARLINK, WERK!' at me whilst I was trying to pull my serious blogger poses. Luckily there were a few saving graces!
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There's quite a lot of colour clashing going on in this outfit (shocker). This t-shirt is from Primark, and I love it because it reminds me of Christopher Kane's flower organza pieces from Summer 2012, sort of like someone has pressed some flowers on to my torso, definitely a look I can get on board with. Under it I'm wearing a Asos bralet to save my modesty! I also pulled out my disco pants from the back of my wardrobe, and I think I'll wear them more often, as they're really comfortable for casual wear. I rolled them up at the bottom and added my orange converse, making this a quite transitional outfit, as we're seeing some promise of hotter weather in London (I'm English, all I ever want to talk about is the weather, ok).
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This is Alfred Hitchcock and I, who I'm sure would be thrilled to know that he would be making appearances on a fashion blog posthumously. His influence definitely adds to the outfit right?
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Lucy is one of those people who cannot keep still, which I think sabotages any possibility of a career as a fashion blogger. I must have taken 50 photos of her in various ridiculous poses, but that's what I love about her! We got a few street style worthy ones though, showing off her dress (which I think she got from the East End Thrift Store) and fur coat. The colours complement her beautiful hair so well.
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Thanks for reading! Belphoebe x Find me elsewhere! Instagram

Monday, 16 February 2015

Beez in the Trap

It's been an inordinate amount of time since I took it upon myself to take some outfit photos. Truthfully I've not been so thrilled with my set up, as it always looks better outside, but until I can afford a photographer skivvy to follow me around snapping my outfit and taking flawless candids of me, this will have to do (I don't do candids, I'm always squinting or have about 15 chins).
By the way, if you're interested in being that skivvy hit me up, it's about time this blog had an intern, although I can only pay you in Mini Eggs (or the main source of nutrients in my current diet).
So I guess you could say that I *winks, snaps fingers and points towards the vague direction of your computer screen* beez in the trap, as my great friend Nicki Minaj once put it, in terms of feeling inspired for blogging. However, finding a dress that allows me to construct an array of terrible puns has done something to reignite my fire. And this garment is of course, BEErilliant. 
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Cardigan - Primark
Dress - Sheinside
Shoes - H&M
Bag - Cambridge Satchel

This dress is quite a peculiar shape, it's super short and has quite a 60's feel to it. But the colour and the adorable pattern made it a winner for me. It's quite funny that I'd wilfully wear a dress with bees all over it when if I see a bee in real life I'll always be *that person* who squeals and starts flapping her hands around wildly. Frankly it's BEEyond hypocritical (okay, I'm so sorry, I'll stop now). Pair it with an orange cardigan and yellow bag and I'm rocking a colour palette that Winnie the Pooh would be proud of.
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Anyway, hope you haven't been too stung by my absence (I said I'd stop, but my creative genius continues to flow) and see you very soon...
Thanks for reading! Belphoebe x Find me elsewhere! Instagram

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Inspiration Hour: On Trusting the Process

'You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.' Max Ehrmann 

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Obligatory thoughtful staring shot.

One of my favourite songs, Chicago by Sufjan Stevens, includes the line 'All Things Go'. I love this line because to me it has a double meaning - 'All things go' as in all things end, and 'All things go' as in life continues with the same force that it did before. That's sort of the springboard of this post.

Happiness is often described as an end goal for people, that they will achieve a level of happiness once they pass a course, get a dream job, find a life partner, have a child, etc. The truth is, life doesn't really work out like that. Levels of happiness and on the other hand, levels of sadness, ebb and flow throughout our lives. We should of course strive to be happy as much as we can, but sometimes, that's not possible. Sometimes you're going to be unhappy and you've got to give yourselves some slack. 

Things will happen in your life that totally, unambigiously suck. Here's my own sob story: when I was 17 and doing my AS levels, I ended up bombing in one of my exams. I had my heart set on one particular university, which due in part to that one poor grade dragging my other ones down, I didn't get an offer from.

Why can I look back at that moment now, that had been so miserable and disappointing at the time, and laugh? Because life is a process and if one pathway shuts down for any particular reason, a new one always opens. I ended up going to another university which was equally respected for my chosen subject, and I got a degree, not something that everyone has the privilege of being able to access. I look back on that situation now and see it as a massive learning curve, but at the time? It was the end of the world, to catastrophic levels.

I've always been the sort of person to question the 'whys' of a situation, and massively overanalyse everything. 'Why did I fail this exam? - I'll never get another university place because everyone will think I'm stupid - This is it, it's over.' Though it's important to question where you went wrong, after a while this becomes a toxic thought process. You're trying to resolve something in your head that has already happened, and sometimes it's just important to let go, move on, and put it down to experience.

As I've got older I've realised that though not every situation can be solved, new found strength lies therein. There are some things in our life we can control, such as are own self worth, motivation and happiness (except obviously in the case of those who suffer from mental illness) and there are some things in our lives that we cannot control or change, such as illness, bad circumstances, and other people's actions. 

My point is, is that there is no such thing as a situation that is 'the end of the world.' There are just points in a process that you can learn from. It's important to trust that things will be okay. I've never believed necessarily in the thought process of 'whatever will be will be, the future's not ours to see', but I think that what you can elucidate from that is whatever life throws at you, you'll be able to cope with it, and become a better person as a result of it.

That's why 'Trust the Process' is one of my favourite mantras (and as a walking encyclopedia of TED talks, Marc and Angel articles and inspirational quotes, that's saying something). I first heard one of my favourite youtubers Connor Manning mention it, and I think it really sums up the unpredictability of life, but more significantly, the ability to reflect back upon it in a positive and thoughtful way. It's not always been an easy task for me, but when I am able to, it means that the storm subsides much quicker than it ever did before. 'All things go', and on to the next challenge!

'You don't have bones of glass, you can take life's knocks' - Amelie
Thanks for reading! Belphoebe x Find me elsewhere! Instagram

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Bloggers Assemble

I've always sort of lamented the fact that I've never really had any life defining hobbies. After I realised at school that catching, throwing, or even being within 2 feet of a ball (NO crude jokes please) wasn't going to be an option, I sort of stalled a bit when it came to finding that sense of belonging or a community to really be involved in.
That's why I'm so pleased that I started a blog, because I've been able to meet some awesome, inspiring people through it. I met up with two of my faves the other day, the constantly cheery, happy go lucky Laila and the super thoughtful, effortlessly stylish Jess. I always have an awesome time with them as we while away the hours in coffee shops talking about everything from blogging to er, more blogging. More to the point, we jump at the chance of taking outfit photos for each other (we're very generous folk, us bloggers) and this set is the result of Jess's patience and perfect understanding of blogging jargon such as 'detail shots'.  photo illustrated asos 6_zpsygvkxmmt.jpg

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Top - Unif via Depop
Top (underneath) - Secondhand
Skirt - Illustrated People (also worn here)
Bag - Choies
Coat - Asos
Shoes - Nike via Asos (similar)
Necklace - C/O Punkypins

I have been raiding Depop of any Unif pieces I can get my hands on. This is the 'Relapse tee', and it's made of a sort of fishnet material. Let's face it, if I actually was a real mermaid and was tragically caught in a net it would almost certainly have to be lurid and tie dyed. Underneath I'm wearing an amazing holographic top that is from New Look in the 90's, that I saved from being thrown out by mum. It creates this amazing shimmery effect which doesn't quite come across in these pictures, but believe me, I was glistening, glimmering even.
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Significantly, this is the first proper outing for my new coat! It's another addition to my multicolour fur collection, and though it may look completely ridiculous, it's actually one of the most practical coats that I own. It is so amazingly warm and the pink collar is such a fun addition to it. Yes, I just called a coat fun!
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And lastly, I don't usually wear jewellery, usually because I'm so fidgety I just end up playing with jewellery until it eventually just breaks, but this amazing necklace was the perfect choice for this outfit. My view with necklaces generally runs along the lines of 'go hard or go home', i.e if it isn't blindingly obvious or making a statement, then it's not the one. The people at Punky Pins sent me this one, and they do a whole other selection of weird, dare I say it, quirky pieces!
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Just a cute picture of the gang!
Thanks for reading! Belphoebe x Find me elsewhere! Instagram

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