Wednesday, 16 April 2014

On Wednesdays we wear pink

I feel like most people my age love it when their parents go away on work trips or holidays, but I hate it. My house is old and creaky and creepy and my mum's my photographer/ gym buddy/ best friend so I'm lost this week. I awkwardly shot these photos using my camera's terrible self-timer setting because I wanted to show my new pink skirt and studded bag. I'm wearing pink a couple of weeks early for Mean Girls Day, but it's a film that should be appreciated at all times really. 

My other black bag with the silver chain strap has been used to death so I felt like updating. In my dreams I would have the classic Chanel bag, but since I don't have £3000 to spare, I bought mine off a weird Chinese wholesale website with a questionable logo (copied from Amazon?) and even more questionable ethics. Oops. But the bag's pretty, it fits my camera and all my junk, has lots of pockets and zips, and the chain strap can be clipped on long or short.

Headband, Earrings, Sunglasses, Top: Primark (all old), Skirt: ASOS, Jacket: Vintage, Bag: Banggood, Boots: eBay 

Thursday, 10 April 2014

It has power because you believe it does

You know I can't resist anything with crescent moons on. See this dress, these earrings, this necklace, and er.. this tattoo. The side-effect of me growing up on Practical Magic (read it NOW), Charmed, Harry Potter, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Craft, The Witches, Hocus Pocus and The Worst Witch I guess. Anyone watch American Horror Story? I'm thinking of starting it. Another entirely white, black and blue outfit for me too.

'The moon is always jealous of the heat of the day, just as the sun always longs for something dark and deep'
Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic

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Hat: H&M, Sunglasses: Primark (similar), Bag: H&M, Shoes: Primark, Kimono: H&M, Necklace: Accessorize, Shirt: Primark, Leggings: Topshop, Jacket: Vintage

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Company Style Blogger Awards

I realise that the Company Blog Awards turn every girl on the web into a total beg, but it would honestly mean the world to me to be nominated in the Best Personal Style Blog - Newcomer category. It only takes a couple of minutes and you simply need to enter your email address and my blog URL Here's a few of my favourite outfits from 2014 so far, and I've also really enjoyed putting together posts such as my Frances Ha film review5 days 5 ways challengeJunya Watanabe patchwork jeans DIY and ways to wear a plaid flannel shirt posts.

So pleeeease vote for me here if you've enjoyed reading my blog at all in the past 6 months. Then let me know and I'll send you a cyber high five. Thank you!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Kate Moss x Topshop 2014

Kate Moss' second collection for Topshop was unveiled today, and because this is the internet, and the internet is a place for judging (joking, kind of), I decided to categorise each piece as Good, Bad, or Ugly. Obviously everything is subject to personal opinion, but I feel the collection is very hit and miss. Some pieces I adore and I want RIGHT NOW (anything pajama-style), but the suede fringed jackets and boho blouses belong back on Sienna Miller or the Olsens circa 2004 or a middle-school pirate costume.

The Good

If I could own any single piece of the collection it would be the paisley palazzo pants. They fit my preferred aesthetic of anything 70s inspired or colourfully printed on a black background. I also love the interesting neckline of the black playsuit, as sheer fabrics used in different ways are very current right now, and the gold tassel dress as I love the 1920s feel and the fact it looks like something Taylor Swift would wear.
The Bad

While I don't hate these items, some of them look so dated, and others (such as the gold satin maxi dress) would probably only look good on Kate Moss herself. I think I had a camisole identical to the black, star print one a couple of years ago when stars everywhere were a thing. The paisley, midi slip dress is also so similar to one from her 2008 collection, which I would understand if Topshop were deliberately re-working and re-issuing a particularly beautiful or popular item, but to me this dress is simply a lesser version of Zara's AW13 floral slip dresses.

The Ugly

Feel free to disagree with me, but I really really hate these items. The suede shorts and jackets are so costume-like, but they'll probably be popular among the festival crowd hoping to emulate Kate Moss' Glastonbury style. I'd also love to burn the lemon yellow dress, copied from inspired by a vintage dress Moss wore in 2003. To me it looks like an ugly dress a bride would make her bridesmaids wear so they don't upstage her, but it's open to debate.
What do you think of the 2014 Kate Moss x Topshop collection? I'd love to hear your thoughts so leave your comments below!

All images via the Vogue website. The collection is available from April 30th.

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Who gives a f about an Oxford comma

An assortment of photos from a day in Oxford visiting my sister, who's in her last year of Uni there. We walked and ate and drank beer and talked. A couple of galleries we wanted to go to were closed but we went to the Pitt Rivers to see the dinosaur bones and to the Picturehouse cinema to see Wes Anderson's new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, which was delightful.

Clueless-inspired outfit. When I don't know what to wear in the morning I ask myself, What Would Cher Do

Henry Moore outside the Ashmolean

Slightly terrifying promotional mask for the new Richard Ayoade film, The Double

Artwork inspired by Under the Skin in the Picturehouse bar

Blurry cell phone snaps of dinosaurs

Hat: Vintage, Blazer: Vintage, Crop Top: H&M, Shirt: H&M, Plaid skirt: Zara, Bag: H&M, Shoes: Topshop

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Pretty soon there'll be no moon

Last week, on the day I wore this t-shirt for the first time in months, The Black Keys announced a new album. I choose to see that as my magical powers finally coming in, but I guess it could just be a coincidence. I have a tendency to always buy men's t-shirts as I prefer my band shirts baggy and long rather than fitted and short. However by now I must have dozens of these oversized slogan shirts that I usually just wear to bed or the gym, so I decided to make my Black Keys t-shirt into a peplum shirt using this tutorial here. I kept the sleeves though as I prefer not showing my arms too much. I've also rediscovered this denim jacket at the back of my wardrobe, and now I can't stop wearing it, especially layered with my H&M kimono/cloak I'm still obsessed with. 
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Hat: H&M, Denim Jacket: Vintage, Kimono: H&M, T Shirt: The Black Keys gig and DIY, Jeans: George and DIY (similar), Bag: H&M, Boots: eBay

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Baroque gypsy

THIS. DRESS. I am obsessed. The beautiful gold, baroque element of it reminds me so much of the Dolce & Gabbana collection of my dreams. It also has shoulder pads and flows when I walk and makes me feel all 90s and witchy which I love. And is that a hint of paisley? Four times in two days.

I found it for £2 in a charity shop. If you pay attention to my little ramblings, you may have noticed that I get a lot of things for £2 in charity shops. There's a Barnardos near my house that sells anything and everything for £1.99, including shoes, coats and vintage gems like this dress. I frequent it way too often as it's on my way home from pretty much everywhere I walk to, and in the past few months alone I've bought this dalmation beret, this plaid jacketthis pastel blue coatthis embroidered white blousethis leather skirt, these hilarious pink cordsthis pink coat and this purple polo neck. I like to think of my inability to say no to a sartorial bargain as doing my bit for a really worthwhile charity, but we all know I'm really just a hopeless shopaholic.

Denim jacket: Vintage, Dress: Charity shop, Boots: eBay, Hat: H&M

Monday, 31 March 2014


Competing for the Most Amount of Paisley Worn in One Outfit Award* (*not a real award). But how great are these boots? I bought them on eBay here, and they've since sold out in my size so I'm so happy I bagged them. I'm thinking about getting the burgandy velvet ones too, as I can see myself wearing them with everything. The low heel is ideal for day and night, as I seem to dress quite dressy for the day time, but relatively casual for nights out.

Hat: H&M, Jacket: Vintage Jaeger, Shirt: Vintage, Jeans: Topshop (old), Boots: eBay, Bag: H&M

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Thunder only happens when it's raining

I wore this a few days ago on a very rainy night out, after an afternoon of thunder and lightning (very very frightening). I went to a gig and then a bit of a bar crawl, and despite the heeled boots mauling my feet, it seemed the perfect outfit. Levis cut into shorts used to be my absolute favourite thing to wear, and I also used to live in this shirt, so here's a typical Robin circa 2011 outfit. 

In other news, I'm kind of sorta almost figuring my life out. I already had an unconditional offer to study Fashion Design at the University of Leeds next year, and after going for an open event on Wednesday I've decided I'm definitely going there. Life has been so uncertain this year (in good and bad ways), so it feels good to have finally figured out where I'm going next year (well.. September this year). Also shoutout to What Alice Wore, who I ran into on my travels in Leeds!

Hat: George (old), Jacket: Vintage Jaeger, Shirt: Vintage, Shorts: Vintage Levis, Boots: H&M, Bag: H&M

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Sweater weather

Spring sprang for a few days to tempt us with blue skies and make me think bare legs and Birkenstocks were a good idea. Then the sun was replaced with grey skies and I got soggy feet in a rainstorm. The moral of the story is don't get too over excited by temperatures above 10 degrees. Back to the jumpers unfortunately.

I've been re-watching Gossip Girl season one recently, and once again, Blair and her minion's preppy style has rubbed off on me. Every time I watch it I find myself wanting to wear headbands, knee-high socks and berets. I think having the least cute high school uniform possible (tomato red shirts + unflattering straight grey skirts ew) has made me want to vicariously relive my school years sartorially in pleated skirts and coordinated shoes and bags. Also I would stop wearing black and blue constantly, but I just don't want to.

Hat: Vintage, Jacket: Vintage, Turtle neck: George, Skirt: H&M (old), Bag: H&M (old), Shoes: Primark