Saturday, 12 April 2014

Brighton Pier

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There's something very bittersweet about writing about a holiday you just went on, but are now back from,with the experience of sun, sea, sand and adorable little vintage shops gradually becoming a distant memory. The experience I feel is particularly intensified by the fact that I am in the midst of my last month of university, trying desperately to ignore impending deadlines. But it's good to have a break every now and again isn't it? I've just had four days in Brighton with mostly glorious weather, and spend a lovely few days getting reacquainted with old haunts. As usual I documented the occasion, although unlike my last Brighton post it's less of a guide and more of a fond remembrance with outfit photos.
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Coat - Whistles via charity shop
Dress - American Apparel via Asos
Glasses - Romwe

Shoes - Clarks

First a little rundown of the outfit that Tyler kindly took some photos of me in on Brighton pier. I wore this orange fur coat on my trip to Brighton last year as its so fun and colourful and almost certainly one of my favourite pieces that I own. Unfortunately the lining is going after excessive wear but I'll probably just deny that it's in its last days, as I don't think I'll ever be able to find a coat like it again.
I'd been eyeing up this American Apparel dress for a while on asos, and when a magical 20% discount appeared I snapped it up for the reduced price of £30, still pretty expensive for a Summer dress but even so. Alongside the coat, the look is so colourful and perfect for a sunny day on the pier and walking through the lanes.
The glasses are romwe, and I believe are inspired by a Wildfox pair of glasses, except those I imagine would be about £60 as opposed to a tenner. There'll be better pictures in my next post after this, but I just love how oversized they are, which may look a bit silly but nevertheless that's why I love 'em.
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Ah, this bag. This bag is my new love. This bag makes me look like the cartoon character I've always wanted to be. I'd absolutely fallen head over heels with 2d bags recently, but seeing as they were quite expensive I put them firmly away in my wishlist archives (or 'the never ending story' as they're otherwise known). So when I discovered the amazing Choies and saw that they were selling them for $30, which is only around £18, alongside a %15 discount off my first order, I had to have one. I was a little bit sceptical about how it would turn out, as brand knockoffs can be really unpredictable, but I am just so pleased with it. Despite not looking spacious, it fits my camera and all my other little essentials, which is to me the sign of a good bag. It fitted perfectly alongside this outfit and I was on my way to looking like I'd been crudely coloured in and given my own comic strip adventure of antique shopping and achingly cool vegan cafes (I love you Brighton).
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I have to say, though I think the pier is visually absolutely beautiful, that sort of entertainment isn't really my cup of tea. I love taking pictures of it but you wouldn't get me on the waltzers for love nor money. Tyler found it pretty engaging as he has worked on the fair, but I was more content with trudging round after him scouring the place for good outfit post places (because I'm that vain).
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One place that I can always get along with (Tyler considerably less so) is anywhere that sells peculiar oddities and knicks knacks, particularly clothes. Enter Snoopers Paradise (surely the only shop where you enter via a turnstile) and you will find a department store of weird goodies. Of course it's a little overpriced, but not the most unreasonable place in Brighton by any stretch. Highlights of this trip included a seven foot knight statue, a one eyed baby on a swing and a Wurzel Gummidge doll that I myself had as a toddler (going for £25, so I may just dig it out again).
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Caption for this shot is 'quick, take a photo of me pretending to look thoughtfully at all of these clothes'

Stay tuned for another Brighton based outfit post! I mean, you can leave my blog, but do come back.

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Embracing the Crop Top

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The prospect of Summer, after six months of what can only be described as frosty weather conditions, is making me feel very excited. As you might have already gathered, my sense of style doesn't necessarily translate itself well to the Summer months. This is probably why this outfit appears to be somewhere inbetween. But who knows, maybe in a few weeks I'll be getting more into the spirit. But being an English girl, I am intensely suspicious of positive weather changes, and it'll take more than a peek of the sun from behind the clouds to get me out of my tights.
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Hat - C/O Pieboy
Top and Skirt - Motel
Jacket - New Look (old)
Shoes - Olive and Frank
Bag - Zatchels

I thought it also might be a good time to address how summer clothing, which allows us to bare a bit more flesh, also forces you to stare your imperfections in the face, or in this case, the thighs, stomach, bingo wings - you get the idea. I would always avoid crop tops as a young girl, not just because it made me look less Miranda Kerr and more Winnie the Pooh, but because of a rather long scar across the middle of my stomach, from an operation I had when I was younger. Now, you can withhold taking out the violins for just a bit longer, but its just something I've been confronted with again now that I'm slightly more open to the prospect of wearing crop tops. Normally I just forget about it, or half expect everyone else to have one as well. But I guess I'll just have to put up with the one extra roll on my stomach!
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Now on to the clothes. First mention goes to Pieboy, who are genuinely one of the loveliest companies I have worked with. They have a large selection of beanies to keep your head toasty, including a varsity line, so if you're at university you can wear the name of your establishment across your head with pride. I went for Urban Green, as I always find that green goes best with the purpley blue tones in my hair. The hat is so incredibly well made and I can sense that it will rarely leave my head for the last few weeks of cold weather!
My Motel combination is one of my new favourite outfits. People kill asking me if its a certain suspicious looking plant that is commonly smoked (I won't say it as I'm at least attempting the family friendly card) but this was not my intention when I bought it. It's actually sold as a 'palm leaf' print so make of that what you will. Motel are probably one of my favourite brands, their clothing is so fun colourful and young, and I'd wanted a top and skirt set for a while, and this will be absolutely perfect for Summer! I feel like this look is very East London girl, not a look that is necessarily becoming of me, but it's great for when the stubborn winter chill sticks around into June.

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Sunday, 23 March 2014

What to Wear to a Gig (with Chvrches)

I was genuinely so thrilled the other day to be contacted by Seatwave asking if I'd like to attend one of the gigs they were currently selling tickets for. I went for Chvrches, an electronic synthpop Scottish band who have been rising to fame recently, and whose tunes I had been humming on and off for a few months now. Luckily, my flatmate Luke was also a worshipper of Chvrches (that was terrible, I'm so sorry) so we decided to go along together.
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To make it more relevant to the blog, as my ability to review Chvrches on their musical skills are somewhat limited (although they were really good, don't you worry), I've decided to focus on helping you dress for a gig. I don't know about you, but I'm always perplexed on how to dress for a concert. There are many obstacles to get over. For a start, where do you situate yourself between 'going out' wear and 'casual' wear? And how do you make sure that you're both warm enough to descend into the night after the gig whilst also being cool enough in the gig where it WILL get sweaty?
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Hat - Commando (currently out of stock), Jacket - Luke's, Shirt - Charity shop, Dress - H&M
Tights - Henry HollandShoes - Converse, Bag - Homemade by Mum

After a lot of rifling desperately through my wardrobe, I created, what I think, is a relatively good gig outfit. Luke has also kindly shared his efforts so we're incorporating two options for whatever your clothing preferences may be!

Top gig wear tips

1. Go for a short dress, jeans or shorts, long Lana Del Rey style gowns or any sort of restrictive clothing will hinder your excellent dance moves.

2. Thrown on a lightweight shirt or jacket over the top. Luke kindly lent me his as I'm very limited with jackets at the moment.

3. Dress thematically depending on the band. I didn't really do this, but if you're going to see the Horrors or something you could go for the Victorian goth look. It's good to get into the spirit!

4. The most important tip? Comfortable shoes! You already knew this one. Heels are only for the brave!

5. I find that I can't go anywhere without carrying all my stuff in a bag, so pick a small one, and don't take any large photo equipment, your phone will probably suffice!

6. As illustrated by both Luke and myself, hats are a lovely addition to your gig outfit. We are representing a spectrum of hipster hats here...
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Baseball jacket and shirt: Asos, Snapback: Primark (very kindly lent by me)
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Thanks to Luke for the first photo and helping me take outfit shots!
Seatwave would also like me to let you know about them selling tickets for the Kylie Minogue tour if electropop isn't for you and you're more into your Aussie songstresses! Everyone likes a bit of the locomotion after all.

Chvrches - 'Lies'

Chvrches - 'Gun'

Thanks for reading! Belphoebe x
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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Snapback Part Two

I had to say I had some anxiety going on when I decided to give my Primark snapback its first outing in Colour Clash. I've always felt this sort of hat is reserved for certain heads, and certainly not mine. But as we all know, I'm something of a rebel (in the most mild, non threatening way possible) so when I went out the next day on a Sunday afternoon jaunt to Camden I was confident of my snapback wearing abilities. Not that it takes skill, but you know. Which way should you wear it? That's an art form in and of itself.
So here's another outfit post against *shock, horror* another set of coloured pastel houses.
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Top - Olive
Dress - Charity Shop
Shoes - Converse
Hat - Primark
Glasses - "Raybans" from Turkey
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I did a rare thing regarding this look and gave myself a metaphorical pat on the back because I really really like it, and I'm not sure why. You know when two things that aren't meant to go just sort of click? The combination of the slightly more formal evening dress, the converse trainers and the hat in this outfit might have spelled disaster but I actually really like the contrast.It sort of reminds me of the whole ballgown and trainers look that Lilly Allen became known for at the start of her career (that and writing questionable things about other celebrities on myspace). Alongside this I could actually wear my new glasses for the first time in months, some absolutely definitely not real Rayban glasses that I picked up in Turkey this Summer. If I didn't have a luggage allowance and had about 1000 more lira I would have come back with every sort of 'designer' product out there!
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Belphoebe x

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Colour Clash

'Colour coordination really isn't your thing is it?' said an antique vendor to me as I strolled along Portobello market in fluro trainers and an orange fur coat, looking like I'd rolled through a highlighter factory. As we know, I like to mix up my colourings now and then. Even so, I have to say this outfit was a bit of a departure for me. For a start, I always thought Sports Luxe would be a trend that would pass me by. But as per usual, my love of trying different styles and my 3am trawling through Asos resulted in a whole new look. I think I may be addicted to internet shopping, and that's bad, very bad.
This was the first outing of my Primark snapback, alongside my luminous Nike trainers, which may give me the 'street' look, but really my presence on the 'street' is considerably limited. Apart from this street, which I dragged Tyler to so as to create the excessively colourful photo opportunity you see here. There's something about colourful houses that really cheer a street up. And on this gloriously sunny day, it was truly the best time to be out in London.  photo 8thmarch7jpg_zpsa331a283.jpg

Coat - Whistles (via charity shop)
Dress - Charity Shop
Leggings - American Apparel (via charity shop)
Shoes - Nike via Asos
Hat - Primark

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Alongside my colourful accessories, I wore this nebula dress which I found in the same charity shop as the orange coat. Nebula may be very 2011, but I really loved that print and I feel like I don't own enough galaxy print clothes. Under this I wore my disco pants, which are fraying really badly at the crotch and unfortunately can't be worn as trousers any more. Though I've bought a few things from American Apparel in the past, I've not had good experiences with the Easy Jean or the Disco Pants as both of them frayed or ripped. Nevertheless they are super comfy and I'll probably still wear them till they tear completely!
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