Monday, 21 July 2014

Gingham check




So. Much. Gingham. I'm not sure if I love this outfit or it's a complete eye-sore, but I couldn't resist layering this vintage pleated skirt with my Primark daisy shirt I got last month.

Shirt: Primark, Vest: Vintage, Skirt: Vintage, Shoes: Primark, Bag: H&M, Sunglasses: Primark

Friday, 18 July 2014

Lightning











Not sure why I decided to wear a knitted vest and leather jogging shorts on the hottest day of the year so far, but here's some shots from this week including an insane electric storm we had at 3am last night. 

Vest: Zara, Shorts: H&M, Sandals: Birkenstocks, Bag: H&M, Sunglasses: Primark, Necklace: Accessorize, Hair: La Riche Directions Cerise 

Friday, 11 July 2014

I wear your sparkle






A rare outfit not wearing anything I've made myself! Admittedly this look is pretty similar to this one from last month with the pink lips-black camisole-black jeans-chunky strappy sandals-patterned shirt but I really like it. I think something like this is so good for a night out because it's really different to just wearing a dress but the floaty kimono makes it equally as fun to move in. I lurrrrve this kimono I got a couple of months ago from Primark because if you look carefully there are birds hidden in the floral print! The only bad thing is that the tassels are constantly unraveling!

Kimono: Primark, Bag: H&M, Camisole: H&M, Jeans: ASOS, Shoes: Doc Martens

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Summer wine






If you follow my blog you'll know that lately I've been making a lot of co-ords and smock dresses, so my latest creation is kind of a combination of my two favourite things to wear this Summer. I got this really gorgeous (and really good quality) floral cotton from a vintage shop, and when I got home and measured it I found it was about 4.5 metres long and in perfect condition, so for £15 I think it was quite a bargain.

I don't have any photos but I made the dress with a deep V at the back, a bit like my favourite Motel dress that I wear constantly. For the jacket, I was aiming for something between a bomber and kimono, and I think it turned out pretty well considering I didn't have a pattern and kind of made it up as I went along! This is the kind of outfit that would be really cute for a Summer wedding or some other kind of nice event, but knowing me I'll probably wear it to a slightly grimy club instead.

ALSO would you just look at my new Doc Martens. They're called the Clarissa Sandal and I got them on eBay brand new for about £30 and I'm deeply in love with them, but here's a little review..
PROS
- They are BEAUTIFUL and you'll receive compliments wherever you go
- They have a good chunky sole so give you extra height (obviously good if you like to look taller like me, but could be a bad thing for others)
- They are even pinker in real life than in these photos
- Docs last forever
- Once they're broken in, they're the most comfortable shoes ever as the leather molds to your foot shape and the sole is really well cushioned
- I've never seen anyone else wearing the pink ones, but I've seen people in the pewter ones and they look so rad
- If anyone dared to attack you while you're wearing these kickass shoes, you could easily kick their ass
CONS
- The inner sole dyed my feet pure black when I wore them without socks
- They are a bitch to break in as the raw edges on all the straps scratch a lot at first
- As with all Doc Martens they're very hot and heavy to wear, but hey at least it's a leg workout
- I think they're divine, but objectively I can see why some people would think they were ugly!
- They make my giant feet look even giant-er
- Very clompy, and the sole on the bottom is MASSIVE even compared to other Docs
Saying this, I would still buy them again and recommend them to anyone so don't be put off, and don't wear them without socks on their first outing..


Dress and jacket: Made by me, Shoes: Dr. Martens 

Friday, 4 July 2014

Watermelon






If you live in the UK you might have noticed two things lately; first that we're having a bit of a heatwave and second, fruit prints (particularly pineapple, banana and watermelon) are everywhere. I'm yet to buy anything with a pineapple or banana on, but I have acquired a few watermelon printed things recently. I got these platform flip flops (I know) in H&M a few weeks ago, and the bikini top in Primark, which is surprisingly well-fitting considering it cost about £3. Lately I've been addicted to making smock dresses as they're my favourite thing to wear on hot days, so I bought this fabric on eBay, and if you want to make your own you can do so by following my tutorial here.

Here's my pick of the fruit-based fashion on the market right now..

Dress: made by me, Sunglasses: Primark, Flip flops: H&M, Bikini: Primark

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

How to make an ugly dress into a cute dress





I bought this dress a few days ago in a charity shop and I liked the 90s denim/ plaid combination but thought it wasn't quite right. I didn't do anything groundbreaking with it, but here's a simple tutorial on how you can switch up an old dress and make it a little more Summery and flattering.

1. Find (or buy in a second hand shop) a long sleeveless dress that you want to DIY.



2. Using a dress or skirt you like the length of (I used the car smock dress I made last week), lay it on top of the dress you want to DIY, and carefully cut adding a seam allowance of about 4cm.


3. Fold and pin the hem, then sew by hand or using a straight stitch on your machine.


4. Measure the arm hole of the dress, and cut out a sleeve using a basic shape (there are loads of explanations for this online if you need a little help). If possible, use the original hem of the dress as the bottom of the sleeve - you might be able to see in the photo that I did this so I wouldn't have to hem the edge of the sleeve! Pin and sew this in.


Sunglasses: Primark, Shoes: Primark, Dress: Vintage/DIY, Bag: old (similar)

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Relax, it's only magic

I haven't done a fashion in film review for so long (I think the last one was Frances Ha), but lately I've been re-watching The Craft (1996) and the witchy, 1990s fashion is everything I like right now.


When Sarah first moves to LA, her high school uniform is typical 90s American - white polo necks with plaid skirts and knee high socks. In contrast Nancy, Bonnie and Rochelle immediately stand out as the outcasts by their black eye makeup, constant scowls and habit of smoking in every scene. Sarah is warned by the popular boy 'They're witches'. 


An obvious comparison can be made to other high school films like Mean Girls (2004) and Clueless (1995), as the clique take the naive newcomer under their wing. Sarah's invited by Chris to watch him play football after school, but in a very Mean Girls moment, instead goes shopping with Nancy, Bonnie and Rochelle. They quickly form a coven after realising that Sarah is their 'fourth corner', the final element needed in order to invoke the spirit.


Although the girl's personal styles vary, their main hallmarks are long flowing skirts and kimonos, black leather, vinyl and lace, dark lipstick, sunglasses, layered necklaces and rings and black boots.


The magic and special effects in The Craft are subtle at first - levitation, spinning pencils, healing scars, revenge on the school bully and a love spell on Chris, but (genuinely scary) Nancy's darker nature and breakdown are inevitable.


Nancy quickly becomes drunk with power, and uses magic to kill her abusive step-father, and the life insurance pay out means her and her mother (she's not like a regular mom, she's a cool mom) can move into a new apartment. This scene showcases some big 90s trends that are experiencing a revival at the moment - smock dresses, chokers, lace and co-ords.


One of things about The Craft that separates it from other movies about magic is that a technical advisor (Pat Devin, a Dianic Elder Priestess) was hired to consult on the Wiccan rituals used in the film, and Fairuza Balk (Nancy) was a practicing Wicca at the time of filming. To me this adds integrity to a film that suffers somewhat from an over reliance on campy special effects and an ultimately cruel outcome. 


Without giving too much away, the climax of the film was undoubtedly setting the characters up for a sequel that never happened, and in a way it leaves a negative impression on a film that so interestingly explores the bonds of female friendship, experimentation with Wicca and self-discovery. Nevertheless, the majority of the film is a memorable and entertaining story of high school frenemies, with a killer soundtrack and impeccable styling.







I decided to invoke the spirit of The Craft in some of the most 1990s things I own: a sun and moon smock dress, choker, round sunglasses, black combat boots, leather backpack and vintage maxi dress.

Hat: H&M, Maxi dress: Vintage, Dress: Motel Rocks, Sunglasses: Primark, Bag: Primark, Boots: BDG Urban Outfitters