DISCO SUCKS

This

sequin dress

is probably the most out-there piece I have in my wardrobe, and I'm not one to shy away from OTT things. Flamboyant patterns and bright coloured clothes are a heavy theme with me, but now it's time sequins made their way into my life. This number is a total disco dream, even being a firm believer that disco

does in fact suck

, I'll still be boogieing in this insane

The Ragged Priest

dress on Saturday night - with no Bee Gee's records in sight. It's the perfect party dress and I'll be milking it every weekend I have plans taking place in a bar surrounding.

I decided to make it less disco and more 90's pop by taking inspiration from The Spice Girls, because I know both Baby and Scary Spice would've worn this on stage. Keeping in theme I teamed it with the chunkiest pair of boots I own, looking back I should of took it that extra mile and sported some space buns...

I'm all kinds of in love with this dress, it's perfect for the upcoming festival season, general party occasions, OR day-to-day if you're really gonna go for it. That's one thing I love about The

Ragged Priest

, they make unique clothing for the bad-ass babes of the world who have a complete '

I don't give a fuck

' attitude about their style. So you wanna wear a sequin dress on hump day?

Go for it!

Want to tell the world how you're feeling with a naughty slogan tee?

Don't blame you!

Their new collection is something else, featuring pieces from the

classic striped tee

(with that cheeky slogan), to

leather motocross pants

. To me, they are one of the coolest brands going and always pull some seriously incredible pieces out of the bag.

My current favourites from their SS18 collection have to be the pieces featuring the python print. I'm a total sucker for animal print of any kind, so seeing that they've branched out into this for their new season product has my eyes turned to hearts. I'm also mad about the hints of yellow running through the entire collection, with their

mustard leather jacket

taking pride of place, and a pair of mega

yellow pants

to follow. The use of denim is strong in this collection too, taking boxy silhouettes and manly structures to create cool shirt dresses and over sized pants.

As I'm yet to get my hands on any of the new season drops, I wanted to share this sparkly number with you instead. I got this a while back, but hadn't had the time to shoot it. Now I've waited so long it's gone into the sale, so you can bag

this

for yourself at half the price over on The Ragged Priest. Go on,

unleash your inner Spice Girl!

DRESS-

THE RAGGED PRIEST

*

JACKET - TOPSHOP

BOOTS-WINDSOR SMITH

PHOTOGRAPHY BY

KAYE FORD

BURN YOUR BRA

I've been lucky enough to work with some brands that I really love recently, I'm so stoked to be able to create content with people and brands I adore. Making images and styling is my favourite thing to do, so being able to do this on the regular is quite special to me, you could say that I'm currently on cloud 9 about it. To celebrate this I've taken a trip down nostalgia lane and gone totally retro for a series of images I'll be sharing for the next couple of weeks,

and

as I'm quite proud of them I will undoubtedly be plastering them everywhere... To help with this I've teamed up with

Waiste Vintage

, who supplied me with all of the throw-back pieces I could dream of. The whole thing was a trip back to the seventies (

I obviously wasn't around in this era, but having a mother who lives for it and endless icons from said time, I think I know a little bit about it?

) and they might just be my favourite shoots to date, what with it being my all time favourite era I just had to take it to the extreme and go full on with it! Prepare for my blog to take a trip back to the time of psychedelic prints, statement accessories and of course a little bit of the '

burn the bra

' movement with this first post. Yeah, I'm embracing these phenomenal tan lines BTW...

When I think of the seventies I think of making statements and being loud and proud with everything from feminism to clothing, so I wanted to mix both with this outfit. I've nailed it with the

perfect slogan t-shirt

from

Nasty Gal

that was made to be worn with a seriously retro get-up. Of course, women did not actually burn their bra's in the late sixties and early seventies, but the myth of it all made for a powerful slogan for journalists and critic's, which later become great for printing onto clothing. Woman simply put their undies in the bin for a protest on the modern day beauty culture of valuing women for their looks, rather than their true being. It was a revolutionary act and put weight on unrealistic beauty expectations and standards. So to me, this piece needed to be worn for my throw-back shoot as it was a huge political movement from the era and one I stand with, it also makes for a pretty cute shirt too...

To help with making a statement I've got these beautiful flower power trousers from

Waiste Vintage

that have totally stolen my heart. They would be perfect for warm summers but also far too perfect to be kept away in winter. I braved it with these and forgot about sweet warmth for a while by embracing them for what they are, a pretty pair of kick flare linens -

my body is shivering just thinking about how freezing it was shooting these! 

The whole thing was worth the hours of goose-bumps afterwards, as I think me and my partner in creative crime (

that's you, Harry

) did good considering the zero degree temperatures and sudden down pours of rain. No matter what the weather I wanted these images to come across like they've been shot in the Californian sun.

The entire theme of these upcoming shoots means so much to me, I'm practically bursting I'm that excited to share them all with you.

So

, even though it's basically Baltic outside, I'm going to be sending us to warmer climes and chilled out scenes for the next few weeks,

enjoy!

WHAT I WORE

TOP -

NASTY GAL

TROUSERS - WAISTE VINTAGE*

HOUSE OF HEARTS BY SISTER JANE | PART TWO

It's time for my last instalment of my collaboration with

Sister Jane

, and I think I may of

unintentionally

saved the best till last? It's up for debate as my last two posts we're both quite something,

if I do say so myself!

It might seem funny to see me in such a feminine dress, I don't think I've ever debuted anything like this on my blog before, but that's not to say I'm not into it. In fact, after wearing this frilly number I'm now on the hunt for dresses similar that I can add to my wardrobe. I've always loved a ruffle, I even went on about my love of them in my

last post for Ghospell

,

so I'll try not to go on too much in this post, but that might be difficult because

HELLO

, look at this beautiful frilly dress of dreams!

DRESS -

SISTER JANE*

| SOCKS - TOPSHOP | SHOES - PRIMARK

Let me introduce you to the

Sour Cherry Tiered Dress

. This piece may be considered a little kid's dream dolls dress, I can imagine a toddler wanting to play dress up and ram raid their mothers make-up draw, their is a child-like feel to it which makes it even more beautiful to me. It's not often someone would have the courage to wear a dress like this, which is the main reason why I love it. It has a couture feel to it, an almost fancy dress element that makes it all the more magical. It's rare you see garments like this, but when you do you remember your youth and how fun it is to get dressed up and have fun with fashion again. It definitely took me out of my comfort zone, and that's my favourite thing about styling, if something makes me feel daring and confident then it's a winner for me. Challenging our style is so important, and I'm so glad I challenged mine with this look!

There are two big reasons as to why I was drawn to this dress, the first being the colour. My favourite trend and colour combo this season is certainly red and pink, which is quite bizarre as these used to be two colours I wouldn't often wear, let alone together! I always told myself I looked terrible in red, classing it as my least favourite colour, I even longed to be able to look good in red lipstick but told myself I could never pull it off. Now I've gotten over myself and realised I can wear what I want and not actually give a damn about what other people think, or more to the point how I tell myself I think I look when I actually look OK. It's a daring combo and I've seen many people turn their noses up at it, but I'm obsessed and will be mixing these two colours all through winter to bring a little vibrancy to my life.

The second reason being the style, it takes huge reference on designers like Gucci and Miu Miu with the shape and of course the glorious frills. It's a very British design and throws back to the Victorian era or style, where sheer overlaying and ruffled detailing where huge. I wanted to keep with the inspiration of designers like these and pair it with my new thing,

socks and heels

. For my first post with Sister Jane I teamed the

House of Hearts

suit with glitter socks and chunky heels, and this dress just had to be worn with them too but this time I swapped the grey glitter with pink. If you're going to wear a dress like this you've got to go all the way and style it daringly. I'm so in love with the entirety of this look, and now I've embraced what it feels like to wear a dress of this calibre, I'll definitely be buying pieces like it more often. It's without a doubt a show stopper and perfect for dinner dates and evening events, or of course everyday wear if you're feeling confident. I guarantee the feeling of self love and confidence come included in this dress, trust me when I say you'll be spinning around and dancing your way through the day once you've got this on, I certainly was (

but then when am I not?

).

AN ODD KIND OF SORRY


I wanted to write about something that's been brewing in my brain for a while now, sort of an apology. I warn you in advance, this is a very strange apology letter, but it's one that needs to be written. So, to all the colours in the world, I AM SORRY. I am sorry for so many reasons, in fact, I'd like to list a few of my reasons below...


I'M SORRY FOR
  • All the times I bad-mouthed you
  • The things I said when I was shopping
  • That time when I didn't think any of you suited me
  • Not giving you a go
  • Being stubborn and not trying new things

But mostly, I'm sorry it's taken me so fucking long to appreciate you. My Grandad always told me I look beautiful when I wear something bright and cheery, but being a moody teenager I always shrugged it off and huffed at anyone telling me how to dress. I'll still tell you to do one if you come at me with your opinions on what I wear, but I hold my hands up and admit I've been wrong all along about this one.

I feel like when I turned 23, I turned a chapter in my life. Birthdays never really effect me, or changed the way I felt. People always ask, 'how does it feel to be one year older?', I usually reply with an eye roll and a stern 'I HAVE NO FEELINGS TOWARDS IT BUT PLEASE DON'T REMIND ME!'.  Classic birthday banter... But this year I did feel a little different, I felt like I grew up and learnt to accept myself more. I find myself challenging what I do and the choices I make, with a lot of things, but mainly my personal style. It helps that we're surrounded by so many amazingly dressed women, we have bloggers coming out of our ears and for me, that's constant inspiration to help me dress myself. This years really taught me to experiment and explore a wider colour palette.


JUMPER - MISSGUIDED | JEANS - ASOS | GLASSES - DEPOP

I'll always have my monochrome dress-code in the back of my head. Growing up with influences like Kurt Cobain and Ozzy Osbourne always made me feel safe in muted colours. I always thought, 'the day Ozzy rocks up in colour will be the day I make a change', because if he did it then I would too. I always trusted these icons to help me become who I am, they were my safety blanket and made me feel at ease if I saw them wearing anything similar to myself. Thinking about that, it's quite a silly thing, being so mad for someone that you'll count on them for style tips. It reminds me of when I first discovered Patti Smith, I read three of her books in the space of a week, I become obsessed. I decided I'd buy myself a pair of suspenders from the men's section in M&S and wear a plain white shirt from there on out. Obviously that didn't last long, I soon got attached to someone else. As you can imagine, my teenage years were a confusing time trying to discover who I was. But all in all the musicians and artists that surrounded me made me stick to black, grey and white. Damn you rock and roll!


I'm still guilty to being one of those people who adores their idols, I hold my hand up and say these individuals will forever inspire me. But, I've come to accept those with more of a more out-there take on style. I've always worn clothes that aren't that basic, glitter boots and extreme patterned shirts (Bowie helped me with that one), but it's time I took colour for a ride.

My wardrobe is becoming more eclectic, in fact, I wore an outfit the other day that didn't have a single black item in it - not even a leather jacket! I certainly did pat myself on the back for this.

I hope you accept my apology, red, yellow, green and the rest! I'm slowly learning to love you.



THE PARISIAN CLASSIC


If you're a really hip blogger, then you would of read How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are  many moons ago. Literally, everyone who is anyone was Instagraming this book (it is very beautiful and certainly worthy of a pic on the grid - guilty!). This book has a big place in my heart, although being a lover of Caroline De Maigret makes that easy. Since purchasing over three years ago, I still go to this hardback for constant inspiration. It's obvious Parisian style is one of the most influential, what with IT girls taking bits from their everyday, easy to wear outfits on the daily. We see everyone wearing a stripe, rocking a blazer and these hats, well they're everywhere! You might not realise it, but you take more from the incredible French girls and their laid-back, edgy style than you think! I know I do...












I've gone for the absolute classic that is a stripe, also known as a Breton stripe. Did you know that traditionally this came from the French navy? Clearly a nautical pattern, but can be worn in so many different ways. I myself DO  NOT opt for a sea-like attire, you'll wont see an anchor in sight here! If you're looking for ways to dress at the beach, you've come to the wrong place. I've styled it to fit my usual, 90's grunge style instead.

I've donned the laid-back vibe keeping thoughts of the French in mind. I recently purchased these skater jeans from Asos, expecting them to be hideous on. Baggy jeans rarely fit my shape, but these are THE perfect style for me. They are the a mix between baggy but still feminine, being tighter on my (flat) bum than my legs. I've certainly become obsessed with these jeans, so much so that I've ordered more pairs... Skater jeans, you are my new love!

My usual accessories have come out to play. I wear my Raybans and baker boy hat nearly everyday, knowing I will never be as cool as Clémence Poésy, but a girl can try...

SWEATER - BERSHKA (sale) | JEANS - LIQUOR & POKER VIA ASOS | BOOTS - DR MARTENS | SOCKS - TOPSHOP | HAT - ASOS (similar) | SUNGLASSES - RAY BAN

MY JEWELLERY COLLECTION | PART THREE


My final jewellery instalment features the one thing I can never, ever go a day without - my ring collection. I am forever asked why I wear so many and have sarcy comments thrown at me all the time like, 'do you have enough rings?!' I remember leaving them at home once after getting up for work at 6am, far to tired to remember putting my jewellery on. That day was excruciating, I constantly felt naked and kept getting in a state of worry thinking I had lost them somewhere. They are the only thing I could never go a day without, so every time I leave the house I check them off my imaginary list - phone, wallet, keys, rings...

As for why I wear so many, I honestly don't know. I've never though about it before so excuse me while I try to figure it out... Maybe it's a hobby, collecting different pieces and spending money I've worked hard for on something I can treasure forever. I also think jewellery adds to personality and style. As I love rock 'n' roll, having a skull and cross bones seemed appropriate, but if I wore a huge sparkly number it wouldn't be me, so they definitely add something to personal style (future husband take notes). I think men like Johnny Depp and Keith Richards encouraged me to start wearing rings at a young age. These were the two men that got me into over sized shirts, head scarfs and wide brim hats, so they probably influenced my jewellery obsession too. There could be many reasons as to why I cover myself in jewellery, but all I know is it's a great passion of mine and makes me truly feel myself.










On to the rings themselves, I'm going to rave about Bloody Mary Metal just one  more time. BMM haven't only been the source of my necklace, but they've also made a mark on my rings. I'm wearing the classic Crossbones ring which has become stupidly popular within the past two years. Every blogger keen on filling their fingers is probably wearing one of these, and if not this one then another from their beautiful website. Since shooting these photos I got gifted the Ziggy ring as a leaving gift from my friends back in Bristol. It matches my necklace and I'm so smitten with it.

My skull was bought in Barcelona as a joint purchase with my boyfriend. We wanted something we could have as a memory from our trip, luckily we both had wanted a skull for a while so it seemed like the perfect choice, and suited us both down to the ground. Having this skull has made me lust over The Great Frog and their incredible handmade pieces even more though. I'm so eager to save and buy one from their collection, but it'll take a lot of saving for one of those.

The ring that graces my wedding finger - I know, I've cursed myself; belonged to my grandma. I had it passed down to me and it's quite honestly an item I treasure most. Everyone should be blessed enough to have a piece of jewellery that has been handed down in their family for years, it's a special feeling and I'm so fortunate to be trusted with it. This is the only gold piece I have in my collection but I love that, it makes a statement and stands out from the rest. It's also quite strange that the diamond is black, which happens to be something I'd like my wedding ring to have, still taking notes future husband?...

My other rings aren't as special, but I still love them. If you're looking to start up your own collection then these ones are far more affordable, but still super cool. Head to various high street stores like Brandy Melville and Topman for stainless steal and plated rings. Stay away from trendy, costume pieces and spend extra money on silver that wont turn your finger green or rust within a few weeks. You may think of pound signs when someone says silver or gold, but they aren't always on the pricey side. My turquoise stone ring from Brandy Melville was only £6, I've had it for two years and it's not shown any signs of wear or rusting, that's because it's aluminium free! My thumb ring is ancient and from Topman, known for it's cheap and cheerful jewellery. Again, it's still in perfect condition. I suggest hitting up the sales and finding some cheap bits to try out before investing, Topman being one I really recommend. The high street can honestly be an absolute savour at times!

A LETTER TO THE BABES OF ASOS


Dear all you fashionistas that work at the ASOS HQ, how do you do it?! How do you all look so perfectly cool and effortless every single day? Please, teach me your ways! I've been slowly stumbling upon every single ASOS styists' Instagram, granted, there are dozens! But, I've found a fair few and nearly every one has given me heaps of inspiration. Being an ASOS stylist would be a dream, one of my personal dreams in fact. Styling up their pieces and snapping it for a living sounds like my idea of a good time. I hear it's very hard and competitive to land a job with such a brand, so that's just another reason I have serious envy for these guys and gals over at the HQ!

The three mega babes that I find myself scrolling through up to four times a day - guilty - include Olivia Smith (@asos_olive), Felicity Hayward (@asos_felicity) and Sara Thomas (@asos_saralouise). All three have completely different styles but each hold a part of mine, so I adore them all. The chick I'm focusing on today though is Olivia Smith. Urban, chic and fucking cool...


I've seen Olivia frolicking around with pants similar to these over on her Instagram, both work and personal (@oliviafayesmith). It's clear these are serious 'it-girl' trousers, all they need are the Kappa logo gracing the sides of them or a large Adidas label on the front to be that extra bit cool. I can't pull off sportswear as well as others, I'm too conscious of the fact I can't wear an ounce of leather if I do, so I tend to leave that to the experts. I'd like to give it a whirl and experiment though, this outfit alone is a step out of my usual style so I'm not doing too bad already.

Since buying these trousers from Primark I've had a crazy amount of compliments which has warmed my heart and made me realise how boring jeans can be. I'm bored of wearing black skinny jeans every day of my life - so here's to me experimenting! Go me! I've also been told these wannabe Converse are pretty cool to, probably too cool for me to be wearing. I'm kidding, it's important to embrace what we wear and even if we don't know if we can pull it off, go for it anyway. If you like it, wear it - my favourite motto.

BODY - ASOS | TROUSERS - PRIMARK | CHUCKS - PULL & BEAR | JACKET - ZARA | GLASSES - ASOS | JEWELLERY - BLOODY MARY METAL & DEPOP 
 
As this OOTD is ASOS inspired, I thought I'd share some similar pieces with you that can be found on their website. Firstly, the killer trousers that are all over their website. My top pick are these Cheap Monday pair that are without the white stripe and more expensive, but absolutely stunning. They also have some coloured versions like pink and blue which are extremely tempting. As for my shoes, you can get the official Converse pair but good luck finding them, and for a decent price at that. If you have no luck, check out all the flamed pieces online. These Jeffrey Campbell sneakers are an expensive dream but totally worth the money and have even more flames to swoon over.

It's fun to experiment like I have with today's outfit, especially if you've got a wide and eclectic array of styles like myself. Although this outfit is different for me, It's still got an element of grunge with the chucks and leather jacket. If I stick to my usual clobber too much I find myself in a complete rut, so I've started being braver with my outfits and it's done me the world of good mixing things up. As cheese as it is to say, I feel free, I feel like I can wear anything and the care I have about it is extremely minimal. So a personal thank you is in order to the inspiring babes who don't give a single crap about what others think. Thank you, you rule!

A SIMPLE STATEMENT


I'm falling head over heels for out-there basics and accessories at the moment, I'm talking about colour tined shades (hence these amazing rose coloured aviators from Urban Outfitters) and simple tees with a cool slogan. I admit I'm a little fussy when it comes to anything with a word or phrase on though, I'm not about those tacky shirts with 'love life' written on the front, because that's just ruining a perfectly slick piece. I mean band logos or decent statement's like the tee I featured in my last OOTD post -  - a white tee with 'Feminist' slapped on the front.

As my last outfit post also featured a current favourite basic, I suggest you calmly bare with me while I swoon over anything remotely similar. This time though, I'm loving a new wardrobe addition which is my Led Zeppelin bomber, something I've never really ventured into before. I had a phase with the reversible oriental embroidered bomber that Topshop released many seasons ago, remember that? Just like every other gal, I was mad for it. I've moved on though and found a new one to adore. I found this gem hidden in the Forever 21 sale, the perfect place to find unique band merch - non official but still very cool. We all know my fondness for showcasing my favourite musical figures in the form of a t-shirt so I thought trying out a bomber could be the start of a new obsession, because I clearly need more of those.

T-SHIRT - H&M | BOMBER - FOREVER 21 | JEANS - TOPSHOP | BOOTS - PRIMARK | BAG - PRIMARK | GLASSES - URBAN OUTFITTERS | JEWELLERY - BLOODY MARY METAL & VINTAGE

I'm also shocked to find out that I have an new love for miniature handbags - what the fuck is that about?! This girl is wearing a handbag and a tiny one at that? Utter madness... The bag may look incredibly small, but it fits everything in including my stupidly huge iPhone 7+, so it's the ideal size really and beats a huge carrier that no matter how many times you reach for an item inside, you can never find it.

I've said to myself that this is the year I try out new things so who knows what could be next. Starting out with a handbag the size of a mobile phone is a good place to start though.

INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY


First off, happy International Women's Day! We don't need a day purely to celebrate our women's rights, we should be celebrating it on the daily. But neither the less, it's amazing seeing men and women across the globe shouting about it constantly for a glorious 24 hours. Let's keep it going!

My heart goes out to my mother today, the woman who helped me become the person I am. She taught me how important it is to love yourself, support your rights and fight for equality. Not only does my beautiful mother give me the courage I need, but the dozens of inspiring gals in the world of blogging give me light and a huge breath of fresh air in this sometimes cruel world.

Everyday I struggle to see people on social media fighting for our rights as women, fighting those who are against us. So today, I wanted to mention my favourite blogger babes who inspire me in both their writing and their selves as bad ass feminists!

Firstly, a personal thank you to Megan Gilbrade who I have the pleasure of knowing just a little. Your writing is the most powerful I've read in a very, very long time. You write about personal challenges and it gives me a whole lot of strength when I need it most. Knowing you're not alone in life is so important, and Megan reminds me of that when she gets real with us on her beautiful blog. You're doing so well, please never stop being you!

TOP - TEE & CAKE | SKIRT - TOPSHOP | BOOTS - TOPSHOP | TIGHTS - PRIMARK | SUNGLASSES - MATALAN

Secondly I'm saying cheers to my gal pal Chloe Plumstead, a loud and proud feminist who I absolutely adore. Chloe wrote a big something last year titled, 'Feminism: Can We Blog About it More Please', a piece of writing that has stuck with me for nearly a year now. It stuck with me because of the truth told within the post, and the sheer amount women commenting and sharing their thoughts and stories with us all. Coming together as a community is unreal to see and like Chloe says, we need to shout about it more. Whether it's sex, equality or other taboos - we need to use our voices! She has surely helped me gain confidence to be my extroverted self and with that, keep on being the sassy little feminist you are!



I dont want to take away from the importance of this post, so I'll briefly mention about my outfit. I'm in nearly head-to-toe Topshop, no shock there! Topshop are owning the high street with their range of 'girl power' pieces. I paired my skirt with the sassiest metallic pink mini skirt, which is my favourite piece in my wardrobe at the moment. I've had so many compliments on it, the only thing is when I say mini I fucking mean it, I'm pretty sure you can see my butt cheeks - still cute though!

I'll leave on a thank you, a thank you to every single person out there who credits themself on being a feminist. We have the power to overcome the vast negitivity that still surrounds this strong and powerful word, so let's do this!

SID MEETS CHER

Before I get into today's post, I just want to mention about the current changes happening on my site. I'm having a little update and moving some things around which means when you read this, you may be faced with some untidy headers or a sudden change of layout. It's nearly spring and I'm having a clean-up over here for a nice change. It feels good to start a fresh and edit some things here and there, so I'm excited to see the end result and hope you are too.

Now, let's get into the good stuff and talk about my outfit. It's going to be hard to get your hands on any of these specific pieces because the majority is second hand. But, I wanted to share my new favourite items of clothing with you all. No sweat - you could probably pick up some similar pieces on the high-street!

I'm having a love affair with vintage shopping again, mainly because I've scored hard recently when popping in on the off chance. I go through fazes of finding gems then hit a dry patch all of a sudden, a total nightmare! People think it's all about having the time to rummage and look at every piece to find the good stuff, but I don't agree. To a certain degree, you do need to be willing to hunt through the rails and bargain bins but not to such extent. I've walked straight into stores recently and found something that I've loved and had to snap up pronto! Some stores just don't carry the good stuff, so I recommend heading to larger ones that people will know about and be more inclined to hand their goods in to.
Luckily I had the chance to shop the charity stores in Staines where my boyfriend lives - the only good thing about a long distance relationship is exploring somewhere new! Staines has a few in the high street that worked their charm on me. I picked up this now-retro House of Holland skirt that's perfect for the end of winter months and hopefully summer too. Tartan is everywhere at the moment and will forever be a classic that's always in trend.

Tartan is clearly a punks favourite print, but with the help of Clueless it's become more feminine in modern fashion. There's nothing quite like seeing an old-school punk in their red check trousers with dozens of chains hanging from them, and a biker jacket that's from their youth - 'it's not just a phase!' springs to my mind. But, I love it even more when you bring the Clueless element into it too. So, I've mixed the two styles together and created something Sid Vicious and Cher Horowitz would both be proud of.

I've teamed my tartan skirt with a cream turtle-neck, which just so happens to be another vintage piece. I told you, gals been doing good! I've thrown my new leather jacket over the top to keep the punk element there but still kept it a little girlie with a feminist statement - 'GIRLS RULE'. The best and only statement you need if you ask me.

SWEATER - VINTAGE | SKIRT - VINTAGE | JACKET - ZARA (sale) | BOOTS - DR MARTENS | RINGS - BLOODY MARY METAL

FAUX SIMONE



After being blown away by the sheer amount of street-style snaps and insider footage from London Fashion Week, I'm left feeling inspired as I always am after such an event. Designers, models and bloggers are sure to make such a whirlwind of creative energy that just so happens to float my way after every season. This time round I'm pointing the finger at Charlotte Simone - the queen of fur who has given me all the feels with her latest collection. Now, just to clarify, I 100% do not condone fur whether it's 'ethically sourced' or not, but Simone let's you have the option of real or fake (I know, there shouldn't even be an option) which is perfect for those of us who care about such a thing. Her range of Popsicles and Sass Caps have been seen on the likes of Alexa Chung and Gemma Styles, but not me as of yet. Thankfully though, I found this dreamy bundle of fluff in my housemates closet making this my fake and free version of my dream Charlotte Simone scarf.




Top - Zara
Skirt - Topshop
Boots - Primark
Jacket - Zara (similar)
Scarf - Vintage
Tights - Primark
Jewelry - Bloody Mary Metal and vintage




I decided to mix things up and get super colour co-ordinated with this outfit, matching my scarf to my skirt and my skirt to my shirt... I've gone for my new Stones tee from Zara's recent Zara x The Rolling Stones collection which celebrates their new jazz album, Blue and Lonesome (which BTW is utterly flawless). I doubled up on my leather wearing a basic jacket but an out-there skirt. If you've been searching for the perfect leather pieces for your wardrobe then head to Topshop who are killing it in that department at the moment. The one I'm wearing comes in several different colours including metallic silver and baby pink, both of which are on my wish list. These skirts go with so much I own making them super easy to throw on and style.

Keeping with the OTT theme, I've picked out my new shiny Primark boots and taken them for a spin. I'm finding myself tip-toeing around the streets trying not to scuff or dirty them because of how clean they are. They'll soon be ruined like my old Topshop pair though, as they make for the perfect shoe that match most of my outfits for day time or evening events. You'll probably be sick of the sight of them soon, much like my old ones... Sorry!


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(TRYING TO BE) PRETTY IN PINK | 18.12.16



It's been one of those months where everything has gone mental and my life has been one big ball of busy. I have zero complaints to make about how hectic things are right now, filling my time with fun things isn't exactly painful. With that though has come no new blog content for a few weeks, which is one downside to having a mad schedule. Fear not though, I made some time and posted this gem of an outfit for you!

I decided to make it a good one and go all out with this metallic jacket of dreams, which has been sitting in my housemates wardrobe for weeks calling for me to wear it. Honestly, living with mates is great when you're so fucking bored of your own clothes and want a change. This particular housemate (Elisha, I'm talking about you doll!) has a taste for the crazy and colourful side of fashion. We're talking multicoloured fluff and bright green berets. Yeah, she's as cool as she sounds.



Top - Forever 21 (similar)
Jeans - Topshop
Jacket - Pretty Little Thing
Shoes - Dr Martens
Earrings - Topshop
Rings - Bloody Mary Metal and vintage




After a while my willpower caved and I had to lay my hands on the jacket, it was as good as I thought it would be. I don't ever want to give it back but I think she might just hate me for keeping it locked away in my room, still tempted though. It was purchased from Pretty Little Thing, a site that I have never actually ordered from before, despite it being stupidly popular in the blogging world - even bigger now Sophia Richie is the face of their new advert! I'd been on there before but never made the plunge to purchase anything, I'm half tempted now though as this isn't the only killer jacket they've got in stock. Take a look at the khaki and orange version, perfect for smashing this seasons military trend!

It was time I embraced some colour and go for some baby pink Dr Martens as well. I obviously couldn't go all the whole way so dulled it down with black jeans and my new Ramones halterneck, a cool change to a basic band tee. I love the contrast of the bright and dark in this outfit, adding some pink to the mix was a great idea but adding metallic was even better. I've been eyeing up the metals a lot this season, seeing skirts and shoes in beautiful shades of metallic.  It was cool to give it a try and it's certainly wet my appetite for more.
 
I had a lot of fun stealing this jacket and getting a feel of what it's like to wear something super sassy. It's made me think about investing in some out-there pieces to spice up my wardrobe a little more. I certainly don't need anymore coats in my life, but I'm keen to find some unique accessories to start me off.




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SEVENTIES STYLING WITH GOLA | 22.11.16



Time to share some things that I'm currently love with you, such as my new The Beach Boys tee, these retro Golas and the smile on my face. Life is good when you've got 12 Gold Bars playing and a pair of old school trainers on your feet, so what's not to smile about? Trainers may not be my go-to shoe of choice but they make a comfy change from a boot, these ones in particular add a seventies flare that I seriously adore. Add a pair of tube socks and a band tee and you're away, styling it up like the high-schoolers in Dazed and Confused.




 
Top - Urban Outfitters
Shorts - Levis (vintage)
Socks - American Apparel
Trainers - Gola*




Photographs by Harry Morris

These Gola Classics add a unique touch with their tobacco and dark brown exterior, you don't often see trainers in this colour way which is what I love about them most. That, and the classic two stripe design that Gola are known for. Gola are a traditional brand that create unique trainers for the modern sneaker fanatic, but also keep it retro for those of us stuck in the past. I don't often pay attention to the latest trainer trends, so I plan to stick to what I know with the Gola classic that can never fail to look cool.

I've paired my Golas with some denim shorts and my new beloved The Beach Boys tee, which brings me on to the next current love of mine. The Beach Boys are a band of the sixties but will always take me to the seventies, as some of my favourite albums they made were from that era. Take Surf's Up and L.A, my personal favourite studio albums by the band which were released a decade on from the beginning of their careers. The seventies produced some incredible music, as well as the laid-back style that has inspired me with this outfit of choice. I wish I was strolling down Venice Beach forty years prior to now in this OOTD because I know Gola would have my back even then, having made some of their greatest trainers back in that time.

Gola were the brand of the seventies, having made their iconic messenger bags which took the world by storm, making them the brand to be seen in. So, what better way to wear one of their classics and take it back to where it belongs with some retro vibes!




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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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FLYING KITES | 6.9.16



It's another round of beautiful jewellery (aren't I lucky?!) and this time it's a focus on the wonderful Stephanie Bates and these edgy geometric kite earrings. I often forget that earlobes can look pretty with the help of an earring or two, but these ones are a great reminder. The matte finish on these beauties is subtle against my brassy hair and go great next to a leather jacket. If something goes perfect with leather, I'm all ears.






Kite Hoop Earrings - Stephanie Bates via Jewel Street *
Kite Necklace - Stephanie Bates via Jewel Street *
White Atlantic Salmon Leather Pendant - Marlin Birna via Jewel Street *
Industria Bangle - Mei-Li Rose via Jewel Street *
Leather Vest - Topshop
Top - Urban Outfitters
Shorts - Vintage



Photography by Chloe Upton - Visual Stylist and Photographer - Instagram

You can go the whole hog and pair them with the necklace that matches. I like to mix metals when it comes to my jewellery so I opted for the silver version, as well as this beautiful Marlin Birna pendant that compliments my black kite earrings almost perfectly.

I couldn't resist adding some gold to the mix with this Mei-Li Rose bracelet. I go all out with my metal clashing, mainly because I can't decide what colour to go for, but mostly because it's boring sticking to the rules sometimes. It's fun to clash a little and wear all the pieces you love in one go, for some it might be a serious faux pas but I'm sticking to what I love!

I'm really into the quirky shapes of all of these pieces. It's fun mixing shapes (not just for the dance floor) and finding jewellery that's a little more unique. If you're more into subtlety though, have a browse through Mei-Li Rose and her dainty pieces online, because although she uses a variety of eccentric shapes through her work, she also has some simple bars and bangles that are just lovely.



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SOME GIRLS | 1.9.16



It's a mighty rare occasion when I've got a pair of trainers on my feet, although I do have to make an exception for Converse, Vans or these stupidly cool Supergas. I never thought I'd be that into Superga but when they're covered in The Rolling Stones licks I had to change my mind rather quickly. Not only do I love these shoes because of what they have on them, but they also give me all the feels from when I went to see Exhibitionism in London a few months back. After strolling around the gallery with a heavy heart and every Stones song possible stuck in my head, we came across a large room which contained so much memorabilia I could have spent my entire wages here. These shoes were one of the many items available to buy, but, at the time, I had zero pence to my name. Having them on my brain for weeks afterwards, I then found them online and thankfully I had some money to spare! So, now I'm here with a pair of sneakers that make me feel funny inside and happen to look fucking killer too.






Top - Truly Madly Deeply via Urban Outfitters
Jacket - M&S
Flares - Topshop
Trainers - Superga via Daniel Footwear
Sunglasses - Dorothy Perkins
Necklace - True Rocks via Jewel Street
Rings - Bloody Mary Metal and vintage





I've gone for the popular option with my shirt because as you're probably aware, everyone has it. But that's OK because girls are great, obviously, so I don't mind that most ladies own one, we've got to get the girl power out there after all! I have mixed it up with some ribbed flares though which just so happen to be the chillest pair of bottoms I have ever owned, it feels like I'm wearing pyjamas and what's not to love about that? It makes a change from tough denim that isn't at all kind to my bottom half.

This is slowly becoming my regular 'day off' attire that works wonders when drinking coffee and brunching as they do have a very stretchy waist band, and I certainly need that when I'm being a greedy slob off the clock. I think we all have that outfit we go back to when all we want to do is be comfortable, and that doesn't necessarily have to be unattractive or dull. Make it fun with a slogan tee and some out-there trainers, maybe add a pair of Lolita sunglasses while you're at it! No one has to know these pants are the comfiest things in the world!



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ROCKER JEWELS | 23.8.16



I recently did some shooting with my pal Chloe Upton who works for a dreamy company called Jewel Street, also known as 'the uk's no.1 designer jewellery website', super fancy! Jewel Street are a company that withhold a complete range of jewellery from across the globe in locations like Brazil, Hong Kong and Australia to name a few, pretty impressive don't you think? Their site is a portal of beautiful accessories that I long to own, I often have dozens of necklaces and rings that hang about on my body but nothing quite as exquisite as these. I've always said that jewellery is personal and the fact I've come across True Rocks excites me to no end. A lot of the time it's hard to walk into a shop and find a piece that isn't covered in diamonds in the shape of a butterfly (yeah, not my thing!), so finding a brand that creates the ultimate rocker pendants is music to my ears.





Shirt - Topman (similar)
Shorts - Depop unbranded
Hat - H&M
Belt - Primark
Large Deep Purple Enamel and Rose Gold Pill Pendant - True Rocks via Jewel Street
Large Yellow Gold Safety Pin Pendant - True Rocks via Jewel Street (similar)
Portobello Yellow Gold Rose Cut Diamond Star Starry Night Earrings - London Road Jewellery via Jewel Street




Photography by Chloe Upton - Visual Stylist and Photographer - Instagram

I look at their collection and envision inspiration taken from ladies like Alison Mosshart and Kelly Osborne. I could picture Alison swooshing her hair back and forth while the safety pin pendant swings carelessly from her neck, or Kelly making her all black outfits look even edgier with a gold guitar pick. It's a brand that I'm on board with and am dying to get a collection going, starting with the two necklaces I'm wearing. The first being my deep purple and rose gold pill pendant, which comes in various other colours like a beautiful emerald green or even solid metals. It's hard to decide which I like best so I'll take them all, cheers! Secondly, we have the large safety pin in yellow gold that you can buy in smaller sizes and also colours. These two pieces make a statement on their own and even more so together, if I lived in a pit of money I would have at least four dangling from my neck at all times.

As well as being spoilt rotten by being able to wear some of True Rocks unique pieces, I also had the pleasure of making my ear lobes look pretty with a pair of London Road earrings. It makes me feel dizzy when I think of having 9 carat gold and diamond encrusted stars in my ears but it was a magical experience that makes me want to start earning big time money so I can spend it all on pricey jewels. I agree when people say it's worth spending a great deal of money on your jewellery, I own a hefty amount of Bloody Mary Metal so I definitely need to expand my horizons with some other great brands that we have at our fingertips on websites like Jewel Street.



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TOMMY'S GIRL | 10.8.16



Tommy Hilfiger is an iconic ninties brand that everyone has heard of, he's pretty much a household name. He's loved by celebrities and teenagers across the globe and I can't help but love him myself as it brings back memories from 2007. It's not that when I was thirteen I was wearing his gear, it's that all of the people I looked up to wore it which made it iconic to me. You must remember Britney in those stupidly baggy Hilfiger dungarees?! 




Sweater - We Are Cow (vintage)
Jeans - Topshop 'Cain'
Boots - Office
Belt - Primark
Hat - Vintage
Sunglasses -H&M
Necklace - Pull & Bear
Items available to shop online are linked!




Although his brand is typically classed as sportwear it's been taken over by many of the stylish people that surround us, like Gigi Hadid and Suki Waterhouse, who have different styles but both wear it perfectly. I'm more of a Suki girl myself but I give credit to Gigi for styling her Hilfiger so damn well with her many denim alternatives.

I found this gem while rummaging through We Are Cow, you'd think it would of cost me an arm and a leg but it only cost me £25 which is phenomenal for vintage brands. Most of his product sells for way more than that in places like Urban Outfitters and Asos, so buying second hand is the way to go if you want to score some older brands for half the price. 

As I'm feeling all sorts of nineties right now I kept it going with the rest of my look. I decided to wear my new Topshop 'Cain' jeans which fit well with that era. They're trying hard to be straight leg but can't resist reverting back to the skinny jean cut. These jeans are great if you're on the look out for a different style, they're high waisted so obviously flatter you in all the right places and have that retro vibe thanks to the washed out denim and slightly straight look. I barely wear blue jeans but I made an exception for these, that's how much I'm feeling them.

I couldn't seem to stray away from my comfort zone by bringing my baker boy hat forward a couple of decades with me. Ninities is cool and everything, but the sixties is where my heart is!



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PLAYING WITH ACCESSORIES | 7.7.16



Wearing a mundane outfit and adding ridiculous accessories makes getting dressed in the morning easy, but also a lot of fun. You don't have to think hard about if something matches, you can just stick to a plain pair of jeans and a basic t-shirt and let the accessories do the talking. For me, it's all about the sunglasses, which easily make summer one of my favourite seasons. Who doesn't like wearing a pair of shades to cover the lack of sleep from the night before? Not only do they hide a multitude of sins but they also look cool as heck. I have an impressive collection which grows every summer. It ranges from the classic perfectly-round John Lennon specs to a simple RayBan Wayfarer knock-off, but these ones are quite possibly my most outrageous pair yet...




T-shirt - H&M
Jeans - Tosphop 'Hayden' jean
Belt - Primark
Jacket (un-customized) - Primark
Sunglasses - Vintage
Badges - Topshop
The Rolling Stones pin - The Rolling Stones 'Exhibitionism'
Large The Rolling Stones badge - Vintage
'K' necklace - Topshop (similar)
Star necklace - Pull & Bear
Rings - Vintage & Bloody Mary Metal
Items available to shop online are linked!



I think, talk and embrace 70's styling on the regular, which is why these sunglasses are ruling my life at the moment. They can make some people look like a sleazy director of a dirty movie, but they're also a pair that would make Hunter S. Thompson proud.

As my outfit is a boring pair of jeans three sizes too big and a plain white t-shirt, I thought it was about time I re-worked one of my many leather jackets to make my lazy outfits cooler. I've been searching for pins online for some time, but found that the best ones ship from America - just like everything else I want in life. I did manage to find some quirky ones from Topshop which fill my badge shaped hole rather nicely though. I mean come on, how cute is the little tooth smiling away on my lapel? I couldn't say no to that! I have, of course, added the pin I bought from The Rolling Stones exhibition we went to in London a few weeks ago, which I've been meaning to find a place for ever since. Along with another one I found at a local vintage stall in St Nicholas' Market here in Bristol.

I don't think you can ever go wrong with a basic outfit, but making it a little more exciting with the help of a few daring accessories makes you feel like you made more of an effort, and like the 'three sizes too big' jeans were part of the eccentric look, in my case anyway.



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SOCCER MOM | 9.5.15



Don't even bother lying to yourself by dissing my choice of song for this post, it's a classic and goes swimmingly with my all-American (rejects, get it?!) look. Embrace your past emo self and enjoy three minutes of memories...

So I've figured out that wearing sports wear doesn't have to be sporty, you could opt for a serious soccer mom outfit like yours truly. Let me just pull the mini van round and we can go watch the boys play ball together? Cool. I'll also allow you to tell me I look like a referee in this shirt because a-las, it has already been said and I agree with the statement, it is full on referee chic. It's like I'm taking on a new meaning to sportswear and not wearing it to do sports in but to look like someone who just sits back, relaxes and watches the game instead.




Shirt - Topman (similar style), jeans - Primark, jacket - Topshop, boots - Topshop, cap - Topshop.


These New Era hats have fallen onto a lot of teens heads in the past week or so and I joined in as I'm a huge fan of a cap, they've definitely kick started my need for summer style and I'm not lying when I say it shielded my eyes from the sunshine, 5 degree sun but sun nonetheless! I'm now on a hat splurge which has got me looking out for some one of a kind vintage caps with city names or badges on. You know when you have the vision in your head and hunt high and low to make it a reality? That's the situation right now.

As I wasn't about to wear my sporty hat with a tracksuit I went for something more me which was a shirt and jeans as per usual. I may experiment in the near future with a pair of smart joggers if I'm feeling spontaneous but I'm actually really into this laid back look right now. Mixing smart with casual has always been one of my favourite styles to experiment with, like wearing a blazer with a pair of ripped up jeans for example. Taking away the smart vibes my jacket and shirt combo give out with a casual accessory adds a little fun and laziness to it! Plus, I'm totally into the all-American 90's look I'm giving off with this OOTD.




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