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.