Monday, 6 July 2015

You and I buy star maps and drive my car around Los Angeles

This is the second instalment of outfits from a recent trip to America! We took these pictures whilst waiting to go and have pancakes and the best coffee in the world at a place called Jacks and Joe, which I would really recommend. Generally I have to say that the Americans really know how to do breakfast, we were spoilt for choice with classics like Cracker Barrel and Dennys (in Dennys, the server heard our accents and started singing 'London Bridge is falling down' to us, which was a curious highlight of the trip).   photo target ootd 2_zpsl8acsea5.jpg
Dress and sunglasses - Target
Bag - Out of Print via Foyles

I have to say, I really fell in love with Target. That place has everything, from beauty bits to the kitchen sink. I could have wondered round the one in Beverly Hills for hours (I think we probably did actually), it's sort of like Wilkinsons in the UK I guess, and I've always been one for budget shopping. I picked up this dress which is from an British label called Fashion Union, so I probably could have bought it cheaper in the UK, but it was the perfect dress for wandering around Los Angeles. I love the colour because it showed off the slightly meagre tan I had developed over my two weeks in America. The length was also a plus point for me - I'm tall so I'm fortunate to be able to get away with maxi dresses pretty easily. The coral of the dress and the pale turquoise sunglasses works pretty well I think, although I guess the green Kafka bag is a pretty odd addition, but I was limited with accessories whilst I was out there.
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Saturday, 27 June 2015

California, rest in peace

Before embarking on my travels to the West Coast, I was very conscious of cultivating some sort of tropical style that would help me fit in to the Californian look. This outfit is undoubtedly about as American as it gets, combining Victoria’s Secret and American Apparel, two shops we spent a large amount of time in whilst travelling around the states.
We took these photos on the rooftop of the place we were staying, pretty amazing right?
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DressAmerican Apparel
Vest – Victoria’s Secret
Shoes – Shoe Zone
BagOut of Print via Foyles
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This dress is probably one of my favourite pieces of clothing at the moment. It’s a perfect example of American Apparel’s ability to create tight fitting bodycon but nonetheless flattering clothes. AA is by no means a spotless company, but I like how they keep to tried and tested formulas of clothing styles (e.g disco pants, crop tops) whilst bringing out distinctive and vivid patterns seasonally. I fell in love with this Paradise print immediately, so much so that I actually bought the crop top version as well whilst I was out in the states!
Over the top is a Victoria’s Secret vest top, a surprising buy for me as Victoria’s Secret typically isn’t my cup of tea at all. We all know I like a bit of colour, but there’s only so many diamante neon bras that I can take. This vest stood out for me as it’s a perfect fit, with low arm holes and a gorgeous palm tree print that complements my paradise print dress perfectly – it’s safe to say I was looking tropical that day!
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I picked up the sunglasses from a stall at the Melrose trading post, a weekly flea market in LA that was recommended to my friends and I by one of our Uber drivers (thanks, Gregory!) It was full of weird and wonderful things so I would strongly recommend it to anyone planning to visit Los Angeles in the near future!
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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Oxford, Antonoff and Other Stories

I'm feeling a little classier and more sophisticated today, not a dinosaur, hallucinatory or tie dye print in sight, like I've just wandered off of the set of a BBC Stephen Poliakoff drama, or at a push, Downton Abbey. Have I finally started dressing for my age, the ripe old age of 22? This isn't to say that I've veered away from loud prints entirely, but this geometric print dress with pastel and beige tones is perhaps a more understated version of my usual clashing patterns.
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Dress - Rachel Antonoff for & Other Stories
Shoes - Converse
Bag - Waterstones

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Rachel Antonoff, the creator of this dress, is one of my favourite designers. I'm by no means an expert on labels, but Antonoff stands out to me due to the intricate, modern and eccentric details on her clothes. I'm a big fan of designers that have distinctive but consistent concepts, and Antonoff's look always seems to switch between all American public schoolgirl and a 1970's prom attendee (but definitely not the prom queen, these clothes are for the sort of girl who sat at the back of class chewing her pen rather too aggressively and scowling at everyone else). Her latest ready-to-wear collection includes intricately patterned pieces that first appear to be covered in floral print, but when looked at up close they are actually illustrations of reproductive organs, a concept I have an endless amount of time for.

You can imagine my excitement when I found out that Rachel was designing a collection for Scandinavian brand & Other Stories, meaning that I could finally have some Antonoff in my wardrobe. This dress was the stand out piece for me, but this particular pattern is also available in a halter neck floaty dress and a skirt. It's made of a silky material and it's good to swish around the place in, as well as being the sort of outfit you could wear for going to see your nan or for a job interview. The only downside is that the buttons go right down to the bottom, which I suppose means that it can be worn as a tunic, but for me it just means that the buttons pop open every time I kneel down to pick something up (and if you're as clumsy as I am, you need space to stretch those legs for dramatically tripping over things and getting yourself out of sticky situations).
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Thanks to my mum for helping me take these pictures!
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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Tie Dye + Dinosaurs in Berlin

It really makes me sad that I haven't been able to put my all into Rags recently, but full time work commitments have taken over and I've not been able to document any of my dazzling outfit choices, not that there have been many, as I slip on a pair of jeggings and a t-shirt and stumble bleary eyed into work. Yesterday I got back from a trip to Berlin, four days that whizzed past in a haze of museums, galleries, taxi rides, burgers, the repeated uttering of both 'Danke' and 'Entschuldingung,' Ampelmanns and Ritter Sport chocolate (the last two are very intrinsic to Berlin's culture it seems, look it up!) It also gave me the opportunity to work on my colourful outfit game, as demonstrated here outside the Hamburger Bahnhof Modern Art Museum:  photo berlin outfit 6_zpsssfioecw.jpg
Jacket - Unif via Depop
Top - Daisystreet
Skirt - Illustrated People
Shoes - Clarks
Bag - Waterstones
Sunglasses - Primark

Berlin isn't exactly a colourful city, so in a way my outfit choices starkly contrasted with the predominantly grey buildings. This look is quite 'Sophia Loren drinking cocktails in Saint Tropez but if she also really liked dinosaurs and tie dye' which she may well have done. I bought out my Dinosaur print skirt again and paired it up with my Unif jacket, which is becoming my staple uniform and I would happily sew it into my skin if I could. I bought this white wrap top from Daisy StreetTaylor Swift wears a very similar one in the video for Style, and being the converted Taylor Swift fan that I am, I sought my own version out. I did not think that would be a sentence that I would ever write, but it is the truth, god damn it.
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Thanks to the super talented Claire Joines for taking these, despite not knowing me all that well and probably wondering why this person kept asking her to take photos of her midriff and chest area for *detail* shots. Check out her illustration and graphic design work here.
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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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