Monday, 13 September 2010

I know I'm about three years late on this bandwagon but I am obsessed with pastels at the moment, OBSESSED. Mostly peach, in the form of my new Topshop trousers, but mint and anything else ice cream-ish is also good. This is what I wore on Saturday night to get ridiculously hammered, and as a result, on putting them on for this photo (yes, I am sad enough to recreate my outfits later for photos, call the cops IDGAF) I noticed I have managed to spill what appears to be red wine all over them. I don't even like red wine! I had been planning to live in these for uni for the next few months, but I guess we'll see how things go with the stain remover first. THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS :( :( :(

Thursday, 2 September 2010

indian summer?

Wowee, so inexplicably the sun's come out to play in Glasgow again... throwing a spanner in the works as far as all my outfit plans are concerned.

dress, waistcoat, necklace & belt, h&m; parka, primark; shoes, topshop; bag, vintage.

Y'know, in my post-Provence life I'd been finding it a little difficult to give up on the bare legs. I spent last autumn clinging to them resolutely, and in the spring I whipped them out at the first ray of sunshine... gleefully ignoring the shouts of, "Hééé, tu n'as pas froid?!" from sleazy French men ("Non monsieur, je viens de l'Ecosse"). But finally, FINALLY, I was getting excited about the prospect of donning tights and knitwear. Oh Scottish weather, forever thwarting my plans (not usually in this direction, admittedly). So this is what I'm going to wear, one day when normal service has resumed. I am forever grateful to Blair for pointing out another Primark item worth looking for, in the shape of this cardigan. Seeing as my general thoughts on Primark can be summed up by: Can't. Be. Arsed.

cardigan, shirt & shoes, primark; skirt, topshop.

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Thursday, 26 August 2010

stockholm & copenhagen by yvan rodic

images by yvan rodic

I think possibly even in this blog's short life so far, my Scandinavian love affair is well documented. Living in France kinda ruined any macarons 'n Amélie whimsical dreams I ever had for me, so I'm switching all my unrealistic idolisation to the Nordic countries instead. Hardly surprising, then, that I am experiencing a pretty severe case of clothes/hair/life envy thanks to Yvan Rodic of Facehunter's visual diary from Stockholm and Copenhagen fashion weeks.

Saturday, 21 August 2010


1, 2 & 3

Jackets and coats (and will always be my downfall, I swear to god.

Friday, 20 August 2010

wardrobe basics

For those of you who don't know, a couple of months ago I got back from spending a year living in the south of France. One of the things that I had to get pretty rapidly accustomed to (apart from the obvious like, y'know.. a different LANGUAGE) was living with a severely downsized wardrobe. Clearly there wasn't much point in taking all the assorted crap I have gathered over 22 years only to haul it all back again a year later. At first, I felt this was a horrible affliction - for one thing, my actual physical wardrobe was about a fifth of the size of my one at home. So, on getting home at the end of June, I figured that at least the emotional reunion with the rest of my clothes would be nice (shame about the lack of money/job, poor weather and general malaise).

Instead, I'm finding it about fifty times harder to get dressed in the morning. Extra choice is really not proving to be a good thing, and it's starting to make me yearn for a capsule wardrobe. Now generally I have about zero time for those boring clichéd lists of 'wardrobe essentials' (I am managing just fine without a well-cut fitted white shirt and black trousers, thanks very much) but at the moment... all I want to do is drastically cut back my clothes to my personal basics, and start all over again. Admittedly, this is a phase I go through somewhat regularly but in the past I've never been quite so committed, and have usually chickened out just a bit. This time, however...! Here are the beginnings of my epic clear out offered up to you: gratuitous Ebay link. And if I don't list more within the next few days, I give you all permission to maim me. I think there's about four or five times that amount sitting here cluttering up my bedroom.

This whole process means that I'm spending a lot of time thinking about which items I really couldn't live without, and it's difficult working out what I really feel is essentially 'me' while also trying not to let my style stagnate. In the spirit of the whole thing, I decided that today I would wear my most basic of basic outfits: short skirt, breton striped top, leather biker jacket, Pierre Hardy for Gap boots, tie dye circle scarf, vintage leather bag. Perhaps not the most inspiring, but these are definitely my 'go to' items, the ones I've been wearing for years and have never grown tired of.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

outdoor magic

I'm in love I'm in love I'm in love with Monki's August 2010 lookbook. Monki was one of the brands I was most excited about seeking out when I visited Sweden earlier this year and although their stores weren't exactly what I was expecting (younger and brighter, I suppose? More 'fun', less 'effortless and Scandinavian' - ultimately it's a budget brand I suppose) I wasn't disappointed. This collection is basically exactly how I would dress if I was beautiful and Swedish - lots of layers, lots of draping, lots of sheer fabrics, lots of neutrals. Unfortunately I fear that on me that kind of look veers into 'scruffy', possibly even teetering on the edge of 'hobo'? Still, serious autumn/winter inspiration nonetheless, which is something I've been really lacking lately. In particular, I've suddenly realised (with a little help from these photos in a recent Style Bubble post) that what I've really been missing in my life/wardrobe is GALAXY PRINT. I think I need this t-shirt, even if I have to go all the way to Stockholm to get it (and look like a hideous beast in comparison to all the leggy Scandinavian beauties in the process).

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

back from the dead

Oops, fell off the face of the earth for a while there. To be honest I haven't had a whole lot to report on the sartorial front until recently but I am promising myself that one day I will be a good blogger who actually manages to update more than sporadically. Plus, I have another month and a half of summer nothingness stretching out in front of me, unless miracles happen and someone decides to employ me. So what better way to waste my time? So... have some photos of things I've been wearing recently to get started. The amazing Primark wedges that Blair's post alerted my attention to are featuring highly; these Topshop ones are a brand new purchase that I'm planning to wear religiously. And just in case you didn't notice... the look I'm going for of late is mostly 'HOW CAN I SHOW OFF WHAT'S LEFT OF THIS VERY QUICKLY FADING TAN???'

l-r: parka, primark; lace crop top & necklace, h&m, denim shorts, zara, suede wedges, topshop. blazer, dress & belt, h&m; lace up wedges, primark. dress & suede wedges, topshop.
blazer & crop top, monki; shoes as before. dress, h&m; shoes as before. parka & shoes, primark; dress & belt, h&m; tie dye scarf, american apparel.

Thursday, 18 March 2010


Oh oh oh! Topshop, why would you torture me so? 1. I can't afford it. 2. It's sold out in my size. Why are you doing this to me? I thought we were friends :(

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

autumn/winter 2010 faves

l-r: louise gray, proenza schouler, peter jensen, rag & bone, versus, richard nicoll.
l-r: vena cava, preen, topshop unique, marni, charles anastase, louise goldin.
all photos from

Just a few of my favourite looks so far from A/W 2010... I've fallen head over heels for Versus, Peter Jensen and Louise Goldin in particular. Gonna leave it at that, seeing as I am horribly late on the New York/London/Milan bandwagon... Was too busy hangin' out in the desert, listening to world music and riding a camel.

And believe it or not, after expressing my withering contempt a couple of posts ago, I ended up doing it all in a pair of €7 harem pants from Pimkie. Who'd a thought it. My fashion tip for the day: harem pants are excellent camel-riding attire. You heard it hear first.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

alexa chung for madewell

all pictures from wwd, via the fashion spot

Alexa Chung does the inevitable celebrity high street collaboration. It's gloriously predictable (short shorts, peter pan collars, cutesy blouses and socks with everything) but then, so am I... I love it. If it just came with a pair of legs like Alexa's, you couldn't hold me back.

Available from September apparently, gonna start hoping Madewell will ship to the UK right now...

Monday, 15 February 2010

I have not bought a single item of clothing in 2010. No, I'm lying, I bought a two-pack of black tights sometime in mid-January but funnily enough the thrill's worn off a little bit now... Gotta say, I'm beginning to get just a bit antsy. There are lots of reasons for this, the most obvious being that, having booked trips to Marrakech, Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Malmö(!), I'm not exactly feeling flush at the moment. Although irrelevant details like having no money have hardly stopped me in the past.

What's really made the difference, to be honest, is that the French 'high street', well... doesn't really exist as such, certainly not in the same sense as in Britain. Oh, there's H&M, of course (where is there NOT? Although my local one is particularly poor, seeing as it doesn't even stock my beloved Trend department. Sob sob). But as far as homegrown high street brands go, Pimkie and Etam are about it really... And a quick look at their typical offerings and you'll see that they're not exactly at the cutting edge of fashion... Topshop it ain't.

There's no doubt that there really is a different attitude to fashion here. As evidenced by the fact that people generally start conversations with me with, "...Are you French?" i.e. "It's pretty obvious you're not." I guess it must be the lack of: effortless perfectly mussed long hair, well-fitting jeans, beautifully-cut blazers, good quality biker boots, bronzed complexion and expensive sunglasses. To name but a few. Yeah, I know, jealousy isn't attractive. Anyway, my point is that, clichéd as it might sound, the whole 'fast fashion' thing just never really caught on. The current popularity of 'high end' high street stores like Reiss or Whistles is definitely more than just a trend here... Even for teenage girls it's pretty much standard procedure, so there's really no shortage of places to shop as long as you're willing to pay what feels to me like that bit extra.

One of my favourites is The Kooples, whose particular quirk is showcasing a selected few couples in their ads and on their website (looking sickeningly beautiful/stylish/hip/French, and professing their love for one another, naturally). The website (at least the online shop) is a little lacklustre to be honest but the clothes are pretty much everything I envy about the girls here... Well cut in great quality fabrics, beautifully tailored and classic, but still with a nod to trends keeping the whole thing youthful, and giving it that little hint of an edgy undercurrent.

The problem with all this, obviously, is that brands like this are supposed to be an affordable alternative to high fashion. And what with my splashing the cash on the sheer luxury that is Ryanair flights (such a jet-setter), even this is pretttty out of my reach at the moment... But hey, y'know. If I was at home I'd probably just be wasting my remaining pennies in Primark for the sake of it, so swings and roundabouts eh?