Wednesday, 20 August 2014

UNDER CONSTRUCTION





One of my favourite designers is Mary Katrantzou and I looove her A/W 2014 collection that involves everyday objects and symbols such as road signs and boy-scout badges, elevated through embroidery into beautiful, high-fashion garments. When I saw this fabric it slightly reminded me of Katrantzou's designs and although it's much less textural and detailed, it's still pretty cool for £5 a metre amirite.

The 90s square neck is back and on every item of clothing in Miss Selfridge so I thought I would include it in this smock dress. The gimmicky print makes is so fun for the Summertime and it even looks good layered over black which is how I wear all my Summer clothes year round.

I'm off to Reading festival today and I'm mostly taking clothes I've made myself this Summer (I have A LOT of posts stored up with new things I've made). I won't be taking outfit photos there but maybe I'll share some 35mm photos when I get back!

Dress: Made by me, Mesh top: eBay, Bag: H&M, Boots: H&M

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Summer in the city






Last week my sister and I went for a cute touristy day in London, and we managed to fit an unbelievable amount of things into the 12-ish hours we were there, and also possibly one too many beers. Among other things we visited The Photographers GalleryLiberty and other shops on Oxford Street, the Victoria and Albert Museum (highly recommend the Disobedient Objects exhibition and paddling in the pool). We went to The National Portrait Gallery and the BP Portrait Award which we visit every year (and is mostly the same every year), as well as Somerset House and their current Summer Screen Prints Film Poster exhibition which was pretty awesome.




By this point we had severe museum fatigue so we wandered across Waterloo Bridge to the BFI and South Bank which is temporarily home to a 'Festival of Love' installation and has some undeniable photo opportunities. For dinner and drinks and a little bit of vintage shopping we headed to Brick Lane and Spitalfields before making it a full circle and going back to Oxford Street for drinks before our train home. I felt so scruffy all day as it is SO hot in the city so focus on the sites and ignore the fact that I am addicted to my Birkenstocks!
















Saturday, 9 August 2014

Lace and paper flowers








Probably the only time I've been inspired by something Kim K has worn but I really loved this white lace Dolce & Gabbana dress with the archetypal D&G high waisted shorts worn underneath. In fact I love everything Dolce & Gabbana. Since I don't have £3000 to spare I picked up this cream lace from Birmingham Rag Market for something insane like £2 a metre and made this dress for about £1.50! It's a really basic shape but I also cut the lace at the hem, sleeves and neck so it would have a more interesting finish.

Staying with the D&G inspiration I wore some low pointed heels and my old vintage Mona Lisa necklace which is suitably gold and Italian for the Sicilian-inspired fashion house. My typical centre parting, eye liner flick and dark pink lip (ie. the only make-up look I have) finished the look and I hope to look half as good as this gal.

PS. YAY my hair is blue/patchy green again

Hair dye: La Riche Directions Lagoon Blue, Necklace: Car boot sale (50p), Dress: Made by me, Shorts (just seen): H&M, Shoes: ASOS

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

LBD





I mean how could I not love a dress that has 'fashion night out' written on it in sequins? I snapped this up in the Zara sale and it's perfect for hot summer nightsss. My friend pointed out that the stars, arrows, and bright colours look like the cartoon covers of a Jacqueline Wilson novel, and I have to agree!

Dress: Zara, Shoes: Primark, Kimono: Vintage, Bag: H&M

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Carven inspired co-ord





Another DIY co-ord. For this one I decided to make a crossover top inspired by this Carven one (and the Zara and Topshop dupes..). I kind of like the way it turned out, but I think it would be a lot better in a heavier and plainer fabric than this lightweight checked material. The skirt is the usual style I make - straight and with an elasticated waist which only takes about half an hour to make and is so comfortable!

Remember you can see all of my homemade clothes by clicking on the MY HOMEMADE WARDROBE link in the sidebar!

Top and skirt: Made by me, Shoes: Topshop, Sunglasses: Primark 

Friday, 1 August 2014

Airstream




I've always loved vintage Airstreams, especially when they match my shoes so well. And contain ice cream. I'm so in love with my new sandal! I searched everywhere for the silver Birkenstock Arizonas but eventually got some lookalikes from Topshop and I'm so impressed with them. 100% leather, only about £25, and my favourite colour yay. I wore them all day walking around Stratford-upon-Avon and they're so comfortable too.

Shoes: Topshop, Top: Topshop (old), Dungarees: Miss Selfridge (old), Socks: Urban Outfitters, Bag: Primark, Sunglasses: Primark

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Eating soft ice cream, Coney Island queen






Two of my big loves are quirky prints and icecream. When I spotted this fabric in a little haberdashery I didn't even hesitate. It's mildly hideous and unbearably twee but also so cute. I decided to make this co-ord a little different to other ones I've made lately, the skirt has a peplum or fluted hem layered over a normal hemline, and the top has a square neckline, straps and darts. I can see myself wearing the top with a midi leather skirt when it gets a bit cooler to make myself look a little less like an eight year old, but right now I cannot resist a co-ord.

I also made a little matching bucket bag out of the off-cuts (mostly because I had a perfect circle left over from when I cut out the peplum!). Recently I made a bucket hat too which I might do a tutorial for if anyone would be interested? Answers on a postcard!


Top, skirt and bag: Made by me, Shoes: Doc Martens Clarissa, Sunglasses: Vintage