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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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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SPREAD | ANOTHER MAN COVER STORY ISSUE 23 | 4.10.16



If you've been with me for a while you might remember a post I did where I shared photoshoots and interviews that caught my eye, well, this is me rebooting that. I spend a lot of my time reading books and magazines for inspiration on anything from styling to poses for my own images. They're a portal of creativity and I can't resist buying one every now and then. There are some stories or photo sessions floating around that may have been forgotten about, or you may not have had the chance to read, so I'm going to start it up again and talk about some spreads I adore from the many publications I own. What better way to start then the new issue of Another Man, featuring one of my favourite humans, Harry Styles. Sadly, I can't share all of the images with you but it only takes one quick Google to find them. Or hey, be old-fashioned and buy the real thing!

Although Styles is the star of this issue, it also includes many elements from other aspects of the music industry. As the three different covers suggest, expect 'Elvis Presley, punk pin-ups and a special document curated by Harry' - I'm sold! When the rest of the world and I waited in anticipation for the magazine to be released after seeing the three blank Instagram posts from the man himself, I knew it would be an issue I would be completely in love with. It's no secret that I have a lot of time and admiration for Styles, so obviously I was going to be sold as soon as the news broke. I'm a regular reader of Another Man and that took my expectation to a whole new level. Harry could have gone in so many different directions by choosing a different publication to go for like GQ, or maybe an all round music magazine like MOJO, but he went for the artistic route which was the perfect move. Being a creative person who appears to write in his journal, have a fascination with his film camera and a dress sense that is more than flamboyant and out there, it only seems right to choose Another Man as his first solo project.



Photography - Willy Vanderperre | Styling - Alister Mackie

It's obvious why I am so head over heels with the photoshoots in this issue, styled and shot like Mick Jagger was when he first hit the scene in the late 60's with his shorter mop and occasional grandpa sweater, to his 70's get-up of wacky blazers and longer hair. The styling is pretty much perfect, one image from the 'Anything That's Part of You' section in particular sending me into a frenzy with the over-sized floral Gucci suit and converse that have definitely been around for more than a decade. Not only are the main points to the image perfectly Jagger, but even his painted black (I want to see it painted, painted black. Black as night, black as coal - The Rolling Stones - Paint it, Black) nails and dog collar by Fleet Ilya are the greatest accessories that would make any rock-star leap with joy. It's magical when men embrace a commodity typically bought by a woman and wear it like they've been doing it for years like it's no big deal, it certainly shouldn't be and Styles is making that known. That is one of my best-loved aspects of Rock, both the music and the movement, it embodies an attitude and lifestyle that is naughty, adventurous and completely free do be yourself in.

It's clear that Harry would wear all of the pieces used for the images, which makes it a breath of fresh air. When brands or magazines style a well-known person, they tend to forget about how they actually are. They choose them because of their attributes and distinctions but overshadow it with clothing that they would never be seen in, but this time round the great Alister Mackie has styled it perfectly to fit with Harry's own approach to style, knowing he would of course wear the numerous wacky trousers on show.



Photography - Alasdair McLellan | Styling - Alister Mackie

Pages 200 - 220, which feature the shoot 'Tomorrow is a Long Time', are more subtle and very much influenced by Paul McCartney, with hints of Mick Jagger thrown in. If you know much about Jagger you may have seen the photograph of him getting his hair cut much like the one seen in the spread. As well as that, the coat Harry is wearing on one of the first pages (and seen above) is a replica of one that Mick apparently bought for £4 from Carnaby Street in 1965, later to wear for a performance. Can you see why I adore this issue yet? Quite literally everything I love sprawled on to 56 pages inside of my favourite magazine.

As much as the styling is a huge part of the document for me, I also find it fascinating that Paul McCartney has a part in it also. The phone interview between them is almost run by Harry asking Paul for advice, as you would when on the phone to a former Beatle. What I find funny is that I feel like it's our time experiencing something similar to what Beatlemania was, and I wonder if Paul thinks the same and is happy he's handing his knowledge of fandom and success over to someone new. The other written pieces are just as fascinating like the article by his sister, Gemma Styles, who often writes her own journals for major publications for The Debrief and many others, now ticking Another Man off her list. She gets real about him as a person as any sister should stating "Everything he does seems to be effortless, even now; watching him leap around a stage in front of thousands of people he seems untroubled and free from self-doubt. It's easy to be jealous - he's one of those people who are just good at things, we all know one - but to assume this means he takes it all for granted, or doesn't worry, or try, would be oversimplifying him unfairly." a declaration we can all understand having people who are just the same in our own lives.

It seems hard to get to know someone who is in the public eye, as the majority like to keep their personal lives under wraps, but that's a trait I really admire about Harry (and the rest of the One Direction boys, come to think of it). Many 'celebrities' do want their lives on show and that's up to them, but for me, I like the element of the unknown and it makes me look at them like normal human beings which they still are. Fair enough, they have bigger paycheques than you or I may ever dream of, and a lifestyle of jetting around with other showbiz friends, but strip that back and they are just like us, wanting to get away from the madness of life back at home or listening to Stevie Nicks to take the edge off. We are more like them than you think, and reading this specially curated document by Harry Styles has made me realise that even more. To have so much in common with a boy from Cheshire that once worked in a bakery, who is now a full blown super-star makes me feel like maybe one day I can achieve such amazing goals in life like the many people we see around us.

A huge thank you to Another Man for tugging at my heart and making this an issue that will forever stay with me.



All photographs used are from the Another Man A/W16 issue. Full list of creatives involved in making the story:
Styling - Alister Mackie
Writing contributors - Chelsea Handler, Paul McCartney, Gemma Styles




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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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THREE DAYS IN LONDON | 6.6.16


It was about time I had a break from the norm and have a little get away if only for a few days. It was a joint decision from me and my best(and boy)friend, who was also massively up for some time off. London isn't quite as adventurous as New York or as warm as a beach in Greece but it's something. I'll go anywhere and no matter now many times I've been to London i'll always enjoy it, even more so in good company.




We were lucky enough to stay in Stockwell which was the perfect location to relax in after a hectic day in the centre of all the madness. Suprisingly, on the journey there you can actually enjoy a quiet tube ride after the Victoria stop had past, what a luxury! Thanks to Kierans brother we got to rest out heads in his lovely home just a few shorts minutes from the tube. He left out breakfast for us in the morning and gave us great recommendations for coffee and breakfast spots in Brixton, which was handy as the pair of us can't function without a cup in the morning. It felt like our own Airbnb and if their home was listed I'd be giving you all a link and them a great review with many stars, thank you for the stay!

On our first day we did the real mainstream thing and took ourselves to Oxford Street for some high street shopping. Being two Topshop and Topman workers we had to see what the flagship had to offer, it's sort of our duty. Before getting too wrapped up in shopping we headed to The Diner on Carnaby Street which is where I usually go to stock up on carbs for a big day ahead as they do a mean plate of pancakes which is surprisingly hard to find back in Bristol. We just shopped, shopped and shopped some more until all of the viscose shirts had been browsed then headed back to our tempery home for a plate of home cooked food and a decent nights sleep.



Day two was sure to be a good one as we were finally about to feast our eyes on The Rolling Stones exhibition, Exhibitionism. Without sounding like too much of an obsessed fan, I have honestly never been so excited for anything else, ever. You don't have to be a genius to know that The Stones are one of my greatest passions in life, it's pretty fucking obvious. I've planned a post about the exhibition in full which should be posted in the upcoming week so I won't go on any further, but if you are a mega fan then head to the Saatchi Gallery pronto!

After an emotional hour and a half of gallery viewing we headed in the direction of Southbank for a stroll along the riverside and a quick pop into Tate Modern, and by that I mean quick enough for me to use the bathroom and to walk around a couple of rooms. It didn't quite hit the spot the same way Exhibitionism did, sorry modern art. We did end up in yet another Topshop though where I scored some amazing flared dungarees, which I was very much feeling after seeing Keith's tour wardrobe earlier that day, swings and roundabouts!

Another day with a crazy amount of walking done and all we could think about was food, which to be fair is what we think about 80% of the time anyway. Kev (Kierans brother) recommended a pizza joint in Brixton called Franco Manca which sounded amazing and definitely met our expectations. It was located within a market in the heart of the ever cool Brixton and despite being in London it had a real authentic feel to it, if you didn't look at your surroundings too much it genuinely felt like being back in Rome. The Pizza, more importantly, was unreal. So unreal that Kieran stated it was the 'best he'd ever eaten' and that's coming from a man whose had plenty in his lifetime. For me, it was up there and that's coming from a girl whose tasted real Italian baked circles of doughy goodness straight from the heart of Italy. Basically, we highly recommend it. We ended the night having a drink in some trendy new bar in Brixton that I didn't catch the name of but Kieran had a Ziggy Stardust cocktail that impressed us a great deal despite it should of being called Aladdin Sane...



Our final day in London featured a trip to the eastern side of town where we ended up wondering around Shoreditch for most of the day. Like complete 'hipsters', we went to all of the vintage stores that are plonked in the Brick Lane area. They didn't have much to offer other than a motorcycle print shirt for yours truly, I'm also still dreaming about a pair of Led Zeppelin shorts I saw that had been crafted from an old tour t-shirt, I really regret not slipping my butt into those babies.

Day three came to an end and it was time to get head back home in style via Megabus, hoorah! It was a glorious few days away from our busy lives and it gave us time to be in a romantic holiday bubble for short while. Time to plan our next adventure and this time make it longer and hotter!



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