Saturday, 21 March 2015

A Nod to the 70s: Caramel Suede

fashion blogger 70s suede culottes
fashion blogger 70s suede culottes
fashion blogger 70s suede culottes
fashion blogger 70s suede culottes
fashion blogger 70s suede culottes
fashion blogger 70s suede culottes
fashion blogger 70s suede culottes
MANGO roll neck, H&M suede culottes, MANGO necklace, ASOS boots, 
MANGO pointed flats, ADIDAS STAN SMITH trainers

I can't bring myself to fully take on the 70's trend, much as I try it still screams 'fancy dress' to me. In the right dose? Absolutely. In fact, I’ve never been about being engulfed by the latest trend (this time the 70's) but rather merging pieces into my overall style that I know works for me. Because we all know the number one rule is to dress for you, right? In my case that means classic lines, retracting attention from the stomach area and keeping my colour palette squeaky clean. 

Enough of me, these culottes are undeniably the star of this party… love the shape, love the colour, love the stitching, plus the suede seriously feels like butter against the skin (that’s a good thing). I styled them here with a few flats (nearly always on #TeamFlats) to show a few options. I have a feeling suede will be a new favourite for me, from the one-piece that slipped from my fingers in Thailand (nothing haunts you like the things you didn't buy), this delicious jacket or a must-have button down skirt that I've spotted at Mango or H&M

P.S. first photos after the chop... completely love my new hair, it feels so healthy and it's so easy to manage! Watch this space for chop number II... 



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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Thailand Travel Diary Part 2: Bangkok

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Wishlist: Minimalist Dresses and Chunky Footwear

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I'm not sure what I'm most excited about in this wishlist... could it be the Stella McCartney dupes courtesy of Office? Zara's amazing faux leather vest-dress? Or, of course, those unforgettable Senso sandals that are sure to start a conversation... Don't pretend you don't love fluff as much as I do

If you've been visiting Piece by Piece for a little while you'll know I'm all about versatile, comfortable and flattering pieces that can be thrown on in different combinations but still arrive at a minimalist, effortless, eye-catching look with little fuss and even less time. 
(First day back at Chinese university in Shanghai, and it does not leave a lot of time for pondering over which shoe to go for or which item will flatter my barely-there chest...)

This wishlist may seem a little season inappropriate - let's be honest, Shanghai hit us with highs of 4 degrees today - but some thick tights, a flattering blue jean and plenty of layers à la Margaret Zhang should sort that out. Remember that post back in December about fighting the cold

I'm trying to start this new term with a little more structure, so look out for more regular posts and a - fingers crossed - generally more organised blog dynamic... Plus some more China-centric content. 

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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Mom Jeans the Non-Edgy Way

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Vintage high street fashion blogger
Vintage high street fashion blogger
Vintage high street fashion blogger
Vintage high street fashion blogger
Vintage high street fashion blogger
Vintage high street fashion blogger
Vintage high street fashion blogger
Vintage high street fashion blogger
PRIMARK roll neck, WANDERLAND vintage mom jeans
MANGO coat, shoes and bag, VINTAGE jewellery, RAYBAN sunglasses

I see this as one of those quintessentially Piece by Piece looks. That is to say, every piece has value and could make an outfit on its own - not to mention everything is super affordable. The roll neck is so fluffy and comforting, I feel like I’m constantly mid snuggle. ’Mom jeans’ can be a tricky one for some people as on the whole they absolutely don’t fit, yet when you find the pair, it can really feel like they were made exactly with your measurements in mind. You know as well as I do that mom jeans are generally regarded as an ‘edgy’ item to be paired with New Balance and an oversized vintage jumper, but being me those kind of combinations are not on the agenda - even Timehop is backing me here, having tweeted 'thank god i'm not edgy' exactly a year ago today. After rediscovering them at the back of my wardrobe, they’ve become my new playmate

I’m writing this on the train down to London to jump on my flight back to China tonight - it’s the start of a new term, and my last few months living in Shanghai. I’m leaving my loved ones with a heavy heart but excited to find out what Shanghai Part II has in store for me… think more Mandarin immersion, daily dim sum, Shanghainese experiences courtesy of Radisson Blu, fashion events and more…

P.S. I think I’ve found the perfect lipstick: Maybelline Color Show Stopped in Nude Perfection. subtle enough to wear everyday (as I have been doing!). For £5 (high street winner), it was a total no brainer. 


Photos by Kieran Carty


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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Thailand Travel Diary: Part I

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