Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The First of Autumn 2015

STRADIVARIUS top (similar, in the sale), cigarette pants (similar) and long waistcoat, 
MANGO bag (similar), ADIDAS STAN SMITH, COS necklace (similar)

Surely not a winter outfit, surprisingly the weather in Manchester this autumn is definitely giving us opportunity to still put together something similar to this, so there is still time to enjoy the last of those lighter-weight fabrics before entering Layering Master Class season.

Colour blocking is straight-forward in a colour as understated as khaki, with the added bonus that it's subdued enough to be interesting without turning heads. The key detail in these trousers, that so-called paper bag waist, gives it a little extra with definite echoes from Tibi this NYFW. Cliché as it undoubtedly is, it's hard to resist bringing out those fall (read: autumn) colours at this time of year: khaki, rich brown, burgundy... With the landscape changing around me plus a new university module entitled Chinese Ecoliterature - the relationship of nature within literature - it was inevitable I might match the autumn leaves this term.

These shots were taken while I was still in Shanghai (sob sob), notice that eery light that comes off a particularly smoggy day. I'm preparing some China-centric travel posts, which will be aimed at each specific area I visited, including a few tips and lots of images. I hope you will enjoy. 

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Monday, 21 September 2015

How to Define 'Personal Style'

ZARA cropped shirt, STRADIVARIUS skirt, NEW LOOK heels

I see fashion is a form of physical self-expression, immediately communicating to the beholder an image of the person I am. (Similarly, I regard other people's clothes in the same way - while still aware that not everyone is concerned about how they've matched together their clothes in the morning). Given that it is a visually apparent form of communication, I sometimes feel a little uneasy about my personal style. Picking out something new I may question whether this particular item is in keeping with the rest of my wardrobe, or the style I'm coveting lately. I don't like the idea of being someone who wears everything, unfussy (the opposite of me!), with no real sense of what they like or don't like. This is why I'm always a little confused as to why Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad is held in such high esteem - for me, there is no sense of what she truly likes or dislikes, and her style changes from day to day (or, during fashion month, several times a day!). Someone like Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit or Camille Charrière of Camille Over the Rainbow are much more appealing to me, as their style is something I can follow. 

All this said, there is not much wrong with trying something new every so often, as is the case with this floaty vintage inspired skirt from Stradivarius. It's no secret that I gravitate towards minimal dressing, subtle jewellery and on the whole reject patters altogether. This - together with a strong lipstick and a smart overall look, is how I define my personal style. However, there is no harm in digressing every now and then into a look that can make me feel stereotypically feminine and cool. 
Note that the minimalism is still there through barely-there make up and almost non-existent accessories. Some habits die hard. 

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Friday, 18 September 2015

The Black Boot: High Street Edit

aw black boot

CLOCKWISE: ZARA fringe boots, TOPSHOP black boots, ZARA pointed boots, MANGO boots

The days are getting colder and (referring specifically to yesterday) wetter. Therefore, I'm sure you'll agree a bit of a wardrobe review needs to take place. A more extensive 'Back to School' essentials wishlist will be on the blog soon, but for now I'm trying to decide which will be my go-to black flat boot for the season. A heel is nice and all, but sometimes you just want to stomp around rainy Manchester... my mind should be on my upcoming fourth year, not my painful feet! 

Unsurprisingly the two Spanish titans came out strong with my favourites... Watch this space!

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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Head to Toe Crochet: The Love Affair Part II

ZARA jumpsuit, THRIFTED bandana (similar)

#ShitGirlsSay: If I could marry a material, I would propose to crochet in the next five minutes. 

I'm certain it's a love due to connotations: connotations of workmanship, sand between your toes, crisp colour schemes and, undoubtedly, classiness. Never one for an overworked clothes ensemble, fabrics that express summer joie de vivre and maintain a level of chicness are always going to be at the top of my wish list. 

I've been raving about crochet since January (check the full post and a chance to grab your own here) but my eyes popped out of my head when I saw this crochet one-piece in Zara. I did not see that coming. I eventually bought it on my birthday in the sales, and knew the debut had to come at the beach house in Spain. As I'm sure you'll agree, this needs nothing more than a little up-to-date bandana (more on this little item later) to keep that beach hair semi-tamed and you're ready for that mojito that's waiting back at your table. 

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Photos by Rosanna CE

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