Thursday, 30 October 2014

Fur Coats and Fellow Bloggers

It's a rare joy when I am able to rope someone in to take some proper, scenic London outfit photos for Rags. This Sunday, I was able to have such a joy when I met up with Laila, who after having known each other for ages on the blogosphere has become a firm friend irl. As well as this, I was finally able to meet Jess, who writes the blog Jessthetics (as well as running her own beautiful online shop, including her own crafted clothes as well as selected thrifted pieces, which you all need to go and check out). Alongside wiling away hours chatting about everything from university to camera recommendations in coffee shops (which included basically scheduling Laila's entire blog content calendar for the next few months, so Laila, I'm waiting with bated breath for those inspirational posts), we also scouted out for what Jess referred to as 'blogger streets', which if you don't know, is a street with such blogger favourites as large white houses, pillars, and lamp posts. We found this one in South Kensington, and took outfit photos for each other (apart from Laila who mostly refused because she thought she was dressed like she was waiting tables). Thanks so much to the gorgeous Jess for taking these snaps of me!
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Coat - Topshop (from last season)
Shirt - Charity Shop
Skirt - Boohoo
Shoes - H&M

You know what's funny? I really used to hate lime green. Then this coat made its way into my life. If you look closely you can see that it's fluffy, so fluffy that Jess and I struggled to take any detail shots of it as Laila was too busy stroking it. I like it because the colour and texture appears as mildly eccentric against the rather sophisticated, manly cut of the coat. I paired it with a paisley shirt in a sort of mustardy yellow colour, which alongside the coat was an odd combination that made me look like an bizarrely dressed rich lady of high society. I imagine it's something Virginia Woolf might have worn, which made this Penguin classics bag the perfect accompaniment to the outfit. I picked it up in Waterstones and it has barely been off my arm since. I've even read a Room of One's Own, which is obviously an advantage in case people question me about it. I actually did an entire module on V. Woolf at university so she is certainly one of my sad literary lady home girls.
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Bag - Waterstones
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The bloggers together! 
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I really wish I'd taken some other photos of Jess's outfit, she looked absolutely amazing (as did Laila of course, but you know, I've seen her before, so I'm used to it). Her long coat was from a vintage shop and she certainly cut a striking figure whilst we were walking around! I really couldn't recommend her blog enough as she's so creative with her styling.
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Laila looking super cute! 

Laila refers to herself as a crap blogger, but honestly? She isn't. She's done so many interesting cultural posts, but I'd say my favourites from her are her lifestyle ones, where she talks about her veganism as well as topics such as being happy and confidence, something she has tons of. Every time I hang out with Laila I come away from it feeling happy and positive, she's a truly infectious person to be around (and I don't mean in terms of illness).

It was so great to be able to meet up with people I had previously only known from the interwebs. Laila and I agreed on the tube home that it's probably the main plus point of blogging. It's really expanded my horizons and allowed me to meet lovely, inspiring ladies such as these two, so I'm very thankful for it. Did I do enough gushing for you in this post? Cool, okay, goodbye now!
Thanks for reading! Belphoebe x Find me elsewhere! Instagram

Friday, 24 October 2014

Rainy Day Mermaid

My parents will undoubtedly be pleased to see this post. It's a long running joke in my family that you can't get me into an anorak for love nor money. After being forced into rather unflattering anoraks as a child for long walks around tiny villages in North Wales (the News resembled something of an 'anorak gang' as we trudged over the hilltops) I've had something against that particular article of clothing ever since. But, no more! This anorak is a mermaid's dream, although I'm not sure a mermaid would need one, but...never mind! It's from a label called The Ragged Priest, and after seeing it on tumblr I scoured around for it and found it on Asos, but sold out! I waited around, like a patient but fabulously fashionable vulture, until it came back into stock. It's perhaps not the most practical piece of clothing, but I'm secretly hoping for a rainy day (I shouldn't be kept too disappointed in England) so I can wear it without looking like a complete moron, or at least a dry one.
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Mac - Ragged Priest via Asos
Top - New Look
Skirt - Boohoo
Shoes - H&M
Bag - New Look via Asos

At the same time as my snazzy new mac arrived, I also received this bag from the New Look collection at ASOS. I haven't actually shopped at New Look for many years (the shirt is pretty old) but it looks like they have some beautiful bags in at the moment. I saw this one on one of my absolute favourite blogs Elizabeth Lola (she is the queen of holographic fashion and clashing prints) and snapped it up almost immediately. It's the perfect iridescent companion to the mac!
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Looking up at the rain...inside 
Thanks for reading! Belphoebe x Find me elsewhere! Instagram

Friday, 17 October 2014

Not Jumping in a Jumpsuit

Yay, it's finally cold again! *Coughs* sorry, damn, it's cold again. And it's finally time for me to arrive back in my element - tights and coats weather. But the pressing question now is, how do I combine my rather bright sense of style with an Autumn wardrobe, which is typically full of dark hues such as burgundy, navy and maroon? I have to admit, it feels a little strange going out in cold rainy weather dressed like a deluded weather ignoring highlighter. Not just any old highlighter though, one of those ones that had multiple colours which you could change when you clicked the pen. I just want to look like a pen really.
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Coat - Whistles via charity shop
Jumpsuit - Motel
Shoes - Charity shop
Bag - Kanken via Olive (sold out)

I feel like this outfit is a pretty good bet for the transition from hot to cold weather. Sure, the the jumpsuit isn't exactly the warmest article of clothing in the world, but at least it keeps my legs covered when I'm bored of tights or can't be bothered to wrestle myself into jeans (which incidentally is most days because skinny jeans just aren't that comfy). I've always been a big fan of Motel too. They do really fun prints, and I love the generosity exemplified by their hefty discounts and brilliant sales. On top of this is my favourite coat, which has been with me for two years, and though it's looking a little, ur, raggedy now, I still love it.

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And along with tights and coats there are of course...beanies! I have an extensive beanie collection. Some with hip to the scene slogans, some with London buses on them, and some with comically large bobbles. This particular one is from H&M, and ticks both the boxes of being jolly whilst keeping my head warm. I have very thin hair, so my head gets pretty nippy y'see.

This has just been a quick update post with what I'm wearing, but I'm hoping to have a couple of Halloween themed posts up soon! I hope you like my new super spooky background too.

Thanks for reading! Belphoebe x Find me elsewhere! Instagram

Thursday, 9 October 2014

London Edge Street Style

Here's a confession for you - I consider myself as a bit of a crap blogger. This is something that I'm trying to amend at the moment, but in the past I have seen many personal blogs kick the bucket, I have been a ridiculously sporadic poster, and taken a selection of outfit photographs without removing the rather unattractive background props of a mop and bucket. Alongside my blog friend Laila (oo friend, blog friend) we joke that we're a new wave of 'crap bloggers', so as a result it was a real surprise when I started actually getting invited to proper events to schmooze with my fellow kind. Last month I attended London Edge, an alternative trade exhibition that shows in London and Berlin, for a blogger's meetup which included cupcakes, champagne, and most importantly, a gift bag. Oh, and also, other bloggers, who were all absolutely lovely. Did I take lots of photos? No, of course not, because I am useless. Luckily, I've found a few from the day that I'd thought I'd share with you, just so that you can see some truly top class outfits...
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Jacket - Unif via depop (sold out otherwise)
Top - Adidas and the Farm Company from Urban Outfitters (sold out)
Skirt - Topshop via Ebay
Shoes - Nike via Asos
Bag - Choies

First off, my outfit. This is actually Andini's photo because I managed to not take a photo of myself for A WHOLE DAY. That's actually a lie because I instagrammed this look instead, ah well. I'm wearing a selection of my absolute favourite articles of clothing, including my mermaid skirt and the current holy grail of my wardrobe, my Unif jacket. I look like a proper blogger in this photo with my lanyard and DSLR!

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I was lucky enough to be able to meet the lady behind one of my favourite blogs, Andini of Adventures of an Anglophile. If you haven't seen her blog,then hop off of this one because hers is just amazing! The girl has an amazing sense of style, let me tell you, her blog really is one of the best out there. She is also photogenic as hell and is the sweetest person ever, so it was such a pleasure to meet her! People were commenting on her amazing colour coordinated outfit all day - pink and yellow is a colour combo that I can definitely get along with.
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This lovely lady was at the Collectif stand. Collectif is one of the biggest brands that shows at London Edge, and the people who work there are clearly lovely, as I've ended up striking up a conversation with the people there at both the London Edge shows I've been to! I'm really annoyed that I've forgotten her name, but I snapped her outfit nonetheless. I love her makeup and the bright pink hair, as well as the contrast between the gothic strappy top and her cute rockabilly style skirt.
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I took a picture of this lady at the Cyberdog stand. After she popped up on the London Edge Instagram the other day I realised that her name is Popi Atom, so go check out her instagram if you like her style! Her hair is absolutely beautiful, and actually made me miss my purple hair just a teeny bit. I totally adore the piercings and the eyebrows too, although I'm pretty sure my mum would have a heart attack if I tried to recreate this look. Ah well, if you can't do it yourself, live through other people.
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Bag and shoes- Iron Fist

All the bloggers made a beeline for this My Little Pony holographic bag at the Iron First stand - including me, I'm in love.
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Some awesome, awesome hair from Niamh (sorry I said your name wrong about 50 times) and Amanda.
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Thanks so much to London Edge for an absolutely fantastic experience and for being so incredibly generous!

Thanks for reading! Belphoebe x Find me elsewhere! Instagram

Sunday, 5 October 2014

My Room and Tips for Decorating on a Budget

As you may have gathered, I moved house last month. I now live in a really pretty flat in Hackney, and I've been getting very hands on with the task of making my new room feel like home. I've always taken a lot of pride in decorating my own space. Over the past few weeks I have been exhibiting middle aged woman behaviour, taking all too frequent trips to Wilkinson's, getting the 'nice man' to help me wrestle a trolley out of the holder (one WHOLE English pound? No chance) and getting a bit too excited about storage solutions. My room is still very much a work in progress, for instance I need to invest in some fairy lights for when the Winter nights draw in, but I thought I would let you have an insight on the current process of making a house a home, as well as giving you some tips of how to do it for cheapsies.
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Bedding and Cushion: Asda George
Hand: TK Maxx

1) Buy from Budget Stores

Alright, so this first tip is bit like saying 'if you don't want to stab yourself, do not buy any knives', but I think it's a misconception that you have to spend a lot of money on home stuff for it to look good. For instance, I can't afford to shop at John Lewis and buy Orla Kiely branded bedding (which I'd obviously love) but I've actually found more stuff that I have liked in cheap shops such as George at Asda and TK Maxx. This might be because of my love of the garish and colourful, so if you're looking for something minimalistic, then this tip might not be so useful to you. But I for one absolutely adore my pin up bedding from Asda, and it was only £12, an absolute bargain for a double duvet set.
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Shelving: IKEA via Ebay
Rug: Evolution
Garland: A Thousand Daisies

2) It's the little details that count

If you're really planning to overhaul your space, invest in a new bed, chair, desk etc, then it's going to be seriously pricey. Luckily enough, I moved into a furnished place, and for me it's always been the little details, objects, ornaments and trinkets that have made my room convey my personality. I've never really understood interior design where it just looks like people honestly don't have any belongings, as they have been meticulously stored away. I love being able to show off some of the lovely things I've been fortunate enough to accumulate throughout my life. In this picture, I invested in some gorgeous bunting by illustrator A Thousand Daisies, as well as a super pretty rug from an amazing homeware shop called Evolution (which funnily enough, is a heart made of rags, blog name anyone?) Other cute things I've used to decorate my room include a bow and arrow made for me for a fancy dress party, and a bird cage from a shop in Brighton. You know when fashion magazines say that you should take off at least one accessory before leaving the house? I'd say the opposite applies when it comes to your room, pile in as much 'junk' as possible, but remember, every piece of junk has its place.
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Postcards: Horst at the V&A
Butterflies (just seen): Junk Shop
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Mug: Arcadia bookshop in Oxford
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Cards: Horst at the V&A
Unicorn bag: Ebay
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Posters: Barbara Hulanicki at Brighton Museum, Tim Walker at Somerset House

3) Pound Shops are your friend.

Pound shops, dollar stores, euro stores, krona stores, yen stores - let me assure you, they are a treasure trove of weird and wacky things that you never thought you'd need. I've always been a fan of Pound shops, mostly because of my extremely thrifty mother, who I really have learnt all the tricks of the trade from. I got my fake flowers from the 99p shop, as well as popcorn storage boxes, and a teacup meant for the garden, which I store my kirby grips and nail varnish in. I feel like the fake flowers really do complete my room, I've been putting them everywhere: on my clothes rail, sticking out from behind my mirror, and in my Doc Martens.
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Rail: Ebay (wouldn't really recommend buying this as it's a bit rubbish, if possible, invest in a slightly more expensive one)
Flowers: 99p Shop
Artwork: Wishcandy (sold out)

4) Use clothes as decoration.

This tip only really applies if you're very much into fashion, like me. But seeing as you're on a fashion blog, I'm going to assume that is the case. The minute I moved into my new abode I was straight on Ebay ordering myself a clothes rack, because my wardrobe simply wasn't large enough for all of my clothes. Plus, it's a great way to show some of your favourite pieces, because since when should clothes just be useful when you're wearing them? Building the rack itself was something of a struggle, and now it is secured with a mixture of my own blood, sweat and tape, but it really is the centrepiece of my room. It's currently showing off some of my favourite outfits, including my Ragged Priest cardigan, Unif dresses, and my all time favourite dress, my Romwe yellow Peter Pan collar one (I haven't given up the Peter Pan collars completely)! I'm hoping to add a few dresses to my walls as well, which I'll show you when I do!
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Bag: Choies
Troll Doll: Gift
Skull: Evolution
Cuffs: C/O Cyberdog
Inflatable Bag: C/O Cyberdog
Frame: Charity Shop
Thanks for reading! Belphoebe x Find me elsewhere! Instagram

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