Sunday, 29 March 2015

Out-and-Out Nineties










 


Top: H&M // Shirt: Zara (similar) // Jeans: Topshop // Bag: Primark // Boots: River Island // Watch: Olivia Burton // Belt: H&M (similar) // Necklace: Vintage

Mom jeans: check
Back pack: check
Roll neck: check
Crimped hair: check

So, I probably couldn't get much more nineties in this get-up and as a child of that decade, it seems only right that I embrace it! That being said, the roll neck top underneath the check shirt adds a speck of seventies too! I do love all the throwback fashions.

This Zara shirt is a great staple. It can be worn buttoned up, as a jacket, with skirts, jeans or even to work! Last time I wore it, I opted for an 'in the country' look, but I love it even more undone, layered over the roll neck (which is another staple top of mine!).

I'm also still really enjoying Mom/Boyfriend jeans. So easy and effortless. I always think they look that bit more cool than regular skinnies! I popped this lovely, vintage style belt on for a bit of extra detail.

The boots and bag were bargain finds a couple of weekends ago. The western style chelsea boots were picked up in River Island for £20. I'd seen them a few months ago, but due to the original £40 price tag, I decided that I'd wait and go back once the next few paydays had rolled around. When I saw they'd been reduced, of course I had to grab them! They fit so nicely, so I'm very pleased with my find! They don't seem to be online anymore, but I do love a good River Island sale bargain - particularly the shoes. This Primark back pack was also a steal at £10. You can't go wrong with a plain back pack to add a retro twist to an outfit. It's also big enough to fit my bulky camera and other essentials - perfect!

This weekend has been a bit of a wash out weather wise, but I'm hoping next bank holiday weekend brings a bit of spring sunshine! Only four working days to go, then a four day long weekend - yipee!

Monday, 23 March 2015

Staples for Spring


Spring is (sort of) in the air! And with that comes the realisation that I may need to start rearranging my wardrobe, bringing pastels and paisley print to the forefront. I've put together a few items which I think will be great for the spring months but will also triumph in that in-between weather.




Inspiration

If there's one thing I can never get enough of, it's admiring beautiful outfits! I'm a bit of a magazine hoarder and Hello's Fashion Edition magazines have been a fave of mine since my first one appeared in my Christmas stocking. It's gorgeous and glossy and will only set you back £1!!! Again, £1!!!! It's a great insight to current trends with articles and interviews from industry experts (with lots of pretty pictures!) so will be perfect in providing inspiring ensembles for spring.



Recycling

The above talk of inspiration brings me nicely on to my next point - recycling! I'm a terrible shopaholic and with a new season approaching it's always tempting to splurge on a complete new wardrobe; however, a quick rummage through my clothes turned up a few pieces which will carry over into spring. I've had this shirt for a couple of years now, but the simple floral print and pastel pinks and purples make it a winner every year! I talked about my (slightly embarrassing) outfit scrapbook very early on the blog; a quick flick through always helps to inspire when trying to style an older piece of clothing.


Pastel

I loooveee pastel shades; they're so timeless and pretty. I picked up this gorgeous knit for £5 in Primark last weekend and it'll be great for the colder spring days when you still want to incorporate a bit of colour!



Shades

When the sun does show its face, it's nice to have a good pair of sunglasses on hand. I love vintage style sunglasses over any other and these were around £3.00 from good ol' Primark! 


A Good Dupe!

Oh, how I've lusted over Stan Smiths. After seeing them on EVERYONE and thinking how cool they were, I was very tempted to pretend I could afford to blow £70 on shoes. Then I spot these beauts from Topshop which cost a much more appealing £22. As a bit of a bargain hunter, I find spotting good dupes to be something of an achievement! White pumps are perfect for those casual spring outfits and will last all year round.


Shiny

The metallic trend was everywhere last year and it looks set to be a big hit again in 2015. Whilst browsing in Forever 21, like a magpie I was drawn to these shiny shoes! I love the thick, punky soles and the stand out silver. They will add a definite pop to any outfit and I can't wait to wear them!

A few simple things to all be mixed and matched into a spring wardrobe. What are your spring essentials? 

Sunday, 15 March 2015

The Art of the Brick Exhibition at the Old Truman Brewery




Yesterday, me, my mum and my sister headed to London for a pre-Mothers Day outing. I'd seen this exhibition advertised since November and had been really intrigued, so I'm glad we finally got to see it! The artist, Nathan Sawaya, is the first to create sculptures entirely out of Lego. 




The first group of sculptures in the exhibition are takes on classic art pieces. Gustav Klimt's The Kiss is one of my favourite ever paintings; to see it made of Lego was quite amazing!





Objects, planets, technology. Whatever the category, you'll find a Lego sculpture version here!






  

The exhibition had a particular focus on the human form. A lot of the sculptures are based on the idea of the self and state of mind; very positive and reassuring messages with each. There's a strong theme of believing in yourself.



Seeing celebrities made out of Lego was fun - I bet you can't guess who these five cheeky chappies are... (hehehe!).







 

The final room was my favourite of them all. It featured the collaboration of Nathan Sawaya's sculptures and Dean West's photography. The photos are stunning; I love the twist of the lego objects placed in the glamourous scenes - you almost don't notice them as they're so detailed and realistic!

The works are painstakingly detailed and great fun - if you're heading to Brick Lane soon, be sure to pop in to see them!

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Frosting











Coat: Primark // T-Shirt: River Island (similar) // Shirt: Forever 21 // Jeans: Topshop // 

After my last outfit post, declaring that we won't be putting away our winter attire too soon, in typical fashion the weather warmed up by like ten degrees. Twenty three years in England and I still can't predict the weather! But it keeps me on my toes when outfit planning...

I actually wore this last week when it was a bit colder, so the big coat may not be needed as much now; then again, with my prediction skills clearly being very off, you never know when it may turn!

This quirky River Island tee's wording is actually made out of little white beads and I decided to go with the title 'Frosting' as it has a decorative feel (like on a cupcake; everyone likes a cupcake!). It was also still a little icy outside when I wore this so the white trim and light grey fitted well at the time!

I do enjoy a good bit of layering; I like the pop of the white collar underneath the black t-shirt, smartening up the look. 

Now that we're rolling into Spring, I'm excited to be wearing brighter colours and pretty patterns in the next few weeks. For the colder days though, a monochrome ensemble is always a winner and is a trend that still lasts all year round.