NOT GUCCI



I've been slacking with content for my own blog at the moment, as the majority of my spare time is being spent writing, editing and just generally contributing to The Girls Club. It's our new baby, so it's hard to stay away! But I've realised I've got to focus on my own work, but I'm not that good at balance. I thought I'd come back in style though and do a brief post on the best suit I've ever worn, and tell you all a little story to go along with it. So, let's begin...

Let's set the scene, imagine me sat at home watching Jeremy Kyle (yeah, it's my guilty pleasure) in my sloppy Joe's absolutely buzzing to be in bed, lying down after the shift from hell. Just casually texting my best friend and boyfriend, Harry, when he does his usual over dramatic thing of saying 'guess what', which usually ends with 'I just had breakfast' OR 'my hair looks really good today'. Classic Harry Morris move. So, as you can imagine when he says this phrase I usually just go ahead and roll with it, not getting my hopes up for some killer information or anything. Not this time though, this time he pulled through and smashed it right out of the park - sorry for not believing in you in the first place!

So there I am, being faced with the best news I've heard in ages, and I've got one lady to thank for that. If you're reading Charlotte, thank you, you beautiful, kind soul!

I know I'm keeping you all in suspense, but that's how writers keep you gripped in novels, so I'm playing the part, OK?! Anyway, turns out myself and Harry had been invited to the GQ Man of the Year awards after party - what?! That was huge for the two of us, and we feel very lucky to of had the opportunity to rock up.

As you can imagine (or if you saw the entertainment news next day) we touched elbows with many talented individuals, most of which I adore, which was truly magical. It's quite something being in a room with big names, they all have an un-real aura surrounding them which made the evening feel pretty exciting. I'm not one for gushing over 'celebrities', in fact celebrity culture doesn't excite me all that much, but I was happy that everyone was so willing to have a conversation and get to know us. I won't start spilling news on who as there and what was going on, but I will just say I spent an hour eating snacks with Jo Wood, which for me is quite a fab moment and one I won't forget anytime soon.

SUIT - TOPSHOP | TOP - VINTAGE | SHOES - TOPSHOP | GLASSES - FOREVER 21 (similar)

The reason I'm telling you all of this is because MY  suit was the talk of the party. MY  Topshop suit that apparently looks like a high-end designer! I got asked countless times if it was Gucci or Saint Laurent, only to get a little red in the face and admit it's high street. Nothing to be ashamed of, I just wish it was from Harvey Nichols, because that'd be fucking cool! I'm so smitten with this suit, for the amount of compliments it got me and how much of a conversation starter it was. I really think that if I hadn't of worn this little number, I wouldn't of been approached by the people who did come up and shower me with compliments. As you can imagine, I was gushing!


I thought I'd style it differently for you on here compared to how I wore it on said night, just to show it can be worn on a more day-to-day basis, not just mad parties. But, you can see how I styled it on the night over on my Instagram here! I am sad to say though, that it's currently out of stock. I searched high and low for it, only to find it in the Oxford Street Topshop. I wouldn't be at all surprised if they re-released it after so many were seen wearing it to LFW! I wouldn't even be shocked it other brands jumped on the hype and made one very similar. I know that The Kooples has trousers just like these, not quite as cheap but probably more worth the investment if you ask me!

I decided to wear the suit with my Gucci t-shirt - vintage and probably (definitely) not genuine; as sort of a homage to my wannabe Gucci suit. Obviously I wouldn't dream of wearing an outfit that's so Gucci without wearing a pair of loafers, duh! If your gonna do it you've got to go the whole hog, am I right?!

The moral of the story is, is that you don't have to wear high-end designer brands to get noticed or accepted, it's all about how you wear a piece and how amazing you feel in it. This suit didn't break my bank, but it certainly made me feel a million bucks!



JAGGER JACKET | 20.10.16



If I'm going to try my hand at some DIY and customise something, I was obviously going to plaster it with a Stones reference, wasn't I? I'd toyed with the idea of writing a lyric on the back or to stick with the classic lick, but went for something completely different that I hadn't seen done before. I'd been thinking of getting some t-shirts made with this logo on the front, but as I'm not a t-shirt designer with her own business, I decided to get some paints out and make my own in jacket form. The jacket was an outfit idea I had come up with for London Fashion Weekend which I attended with my good gal pal Kristina. I always tend to go for an outfit that's true to my style for occasions like these, but also try to incorporate a trend in there too. So as customising your outwear is everywhere at the moment, I decided to give it a go!




Top - Newlook
Shirt - Topman
Trousers - Topshop (similar style)
Shoes - Converse All Star
Jacket - Vintage (customised by myself)
Badges - Primark and vintage
Necklace - True Rocks via Jewel Street*
Rings - Bloody Mary Metal and vintage



I've seen many customised versions of denim this season, the obvious favourite being Gucci and their nature inspired shearling denim jacket. Giving it a go myself was daunting when I first sat down with a needle and thread ready to sew on hundreds of sequins, but after many pricks to the finger I ended up with one killer piece of denim! I'm super happy with the result, even if I am still finding sequins on my floor weeks later. I'm also glad I stayed away from trendy florals and opted for something more 'me' as I've now made a really cool and personal piece that I'll be keeping forever.

I customised it just that little bit extra on the front as it was looking sparse compared to the party going on at the back. I hunted for some pins to use and struck gold in Primark with this enamel set, old costing me a tiny £3 for a set of five. Not all of the ones in the set were to my taste though, so I replaced them with my vintage Playboy and The Rolling Stones badges, which matched perfectly and added more personality to the front. This is a really easy way to make an item more personal or unique. You can find basically whatever you're looking for on a button these days, even the crudest of quotes! I've seen a couple I like on Depop and eBay, but if you're looking for something really cool, then check out Banana Bones' Etsy shop which is filled with edgy pins that will look killer on any leather jacket - you can thank me later!

My main focus is of course my jacket, so I kept everything else quite simple. My crop flared trousers from Topshop make it a more laid-back outfit and are the perfect length with high-top converse. I've also added some pattern in their with my chucks that match my star print shirt because you can never have enough of that print!

I've definitely caught the DIY bug now, I'm finding myself searching for new ways to customise old pieces clothing. I might try my hand at another jacket, maybe going for a leather this time. For now though, my Jagger jacket will be perfect for winter when I'm feeling inspired after listening to Sticky Fingers all morning, which basically means I'll be wearing it all of the time...



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THE TURNER EFFECT | 9.10.16



During the summer I went to see The Last Shadow Puppets in concert as part of Bristol Summer Series. I had the most amazing time singing along to their hits like 'Miracle Aligner', 'Sweet Dreams, TN' and eyeing up Miles Kane whenever I stupidly thought he was looking at me. Can you blame a girl for trying? It was a fun night filled with many attempts to get Alex Turner to throw us his jacket and some idiots shouting 'Kane-oh!' every five minutes, and although I was there for the music that I've been a fan of for years, I was also there to see the marvellous human that is Turner grace the stage.




 
Top - TLSP merchandise
Coat - M&S
Jeans - Topshop
Loafers - Topshop
Glasses - Vintage via Depop
Rings - Mixture of Bloody Mary Metal and vintage



Photographs by Isla Macdonald Fraser | Instagram

These days it seems like people have a problem with Turner, saying he's too cocky for his own good and that he's lost his spark, but I think he's just getting started. His time at Bristol Summer Series and later at Glastonbury proved he is not only a ridiculously talented musician, but the perfect frontman. His stage presence is everything I want from a performer - he has so much charisma and banter, it's hard to take your eyes off him when he's serenading you from his platform. He knows he's cocky and I think he exaggerates it because he enjoys the theatrical element of it all, it's a performance and he's milking it while he can.

His cheeky attitude is perfectly matched by his out-there style. When I saw him he wore an outfit very similar to the one he wore at Glastonbury this year. The outfit was custom made by Ray Brown, a stagewear designer for rock and rollers like Tony Iommi, Judas Priest and Muse. Brown fashioned Turner a white blazer to throw over a skimpy vest that tucked into a pair of cropped, flared suit trousers. On his feet he wore a pair of what looked like Gucci loafers and topped it all off with a pair of sleazy tinted aviators. He didn't keep his jacket on for long as it was restricting him from getting his groove on, so he slung it around in the air and propped it on his shoulder from time to time. This outfit has really stuck with me since and I can't help but take elements of it and make it my own.

In the wake of this I've put together an outfit inspired by the man himself. My t-shirt isn't similar to one he's worn but it is a title and lyric from one of my favourite Shadow Puppets songs - Everything You've Come to Expect (if that wasn't obvious). I know he'd enjoy my metallic pink wannabe Gucci loafers as he always has a pair on his feet. Since wearing them I've been reminded how much I love them, and these Topshop ones have been on my radar for months. They come in a silly amount of colours and styles to chose from. Online, Topshop has a range of animal print, other metallics and the classic black leather. I've had my eye on the heeled versions that have come out recently, so similar to the works of Gucci but at a fraction of the price.

Talking of items I've recently fallen for, let's move onto my jacket. This faux fur M&S coat is supposed to be a Christmas present from my mother, but I sweet-talked her into letting me have it early - thanks mum! When jacket season comes around I'm often wearing faux fur and I try to purchase a couple of new ones every season because although they never go out of style, I like to have a wardrobe refresh and something new to wear. Coats take up most of your winter outfit so having one that makes a statement is a must, and this emerald green number surely does that, not that my shoe choice doesn't already!

I'm always inspired by how musicians dress, Turner being no exception. I've admired his style since the beginning when he wore indie polo-shirts and ill-fitting jeans like we all did in the early noughties, so even I thought it was cool back then. But now, in the more recent days he's evolved into a serious style king with his two most recent looks. The first being the tight leather jacket, short jeans and quiffed up hair, to the current over-the-top eighties inspired suiting and oversized collared shirts.. For years his style has been one that I've watched closely, mainly due to my massive crush but also because he can do no wrong when putting an outfit together, whether that's a thank-you to his stylist or the man himself I don't know. Either way, kudos!



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