Monday, 28 September 2015

Bell Sleeve Dress of Dreams

Dress: Zara // Boots: River Island (similar) // Hat & Bag: Primark

Oh how I do love a floaty, floral, feminine dress (exciting alliteration, an added bonus). 

I loveee the seventies trend. I haven't quite made the most of this gorgeous trend (and I really should!), but when I saw this delightful dress in Zara, of course I had to buy it. I used to always wear dresses, but in recent years, I've swapped the pretty dresses for comfy jeans - I want to get back to having more of a mix. The deep colours make the dress perfect for Autumn/Winter, but I can so see me pairing this with some wellies at a summer festival too. The boho vibe is timeless and seasonless!

Let me also take a moment to appreciate the accessories at play here. Primark, you absolutely lovely thing, you. I do love finding a piece of clothing that truly is a steal, especially when compared to others on the high street. This pretty floppy hat was £8 and I think the bag was around £15 (could have even been less!). SUCH bargains and gorgeous quality too. This tassled bag has already become my favourite day bag. Why go anywhere else, eh?!

All rounded off by my River Island chelsea boots. They've been a favourite style of boot for decades, so I think it rounds off a time-hopping outfit quite nicely. I'm already excited to find my next seventies piece to style for Autumn/Winter! 

What's your favourite trend this season?

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

A Dismal Sunday Afternoon

A couple of weeks ago, myself and a few others made the trip to Weston-Super-Mare to visit Banksy's latest offering, Dismaland. The title pretty much speaks for itself, of course; full of hilariously ironic gags mixed with harrowing reality.

I have been a fan of Banksy ever since I first saw photos of his paintings on the West Bank barrier in Israel, in a book at my Dad's house around 9 years ago. I'd heard of the infamous graffiti artist here and there in school, but that piece got those cogs in my brain ticking, and moved me without even knowing very much about the Israeli/Palestinian divide at the time.

I love art. Rightly or wrongly, cool-y or uncool-ly, I just love it. I love anything quirky, interesting and meaningful and always scramble to see the latest big exhibitions (Damien Hurst circa 2012 and Chapman Brothers circa 2014, I'm looking at you). As soon as I heard about Banky's latest project, I knew I had to go.

Right as you walk in the tone is set; horrible security guards, truly miserable staff, monotonous Hawaiian-esque music that becomes unsettling after about 20 minutes, it's all there. I even attempted to grab a map as I walked through the door from the most 'dismal' of souls, only to have a bit of a tug of war match before eventually winning one. It was completely hilarious and I continued to chuckle at the staff throughout the day - one of the mini golf attendants couldn't even contain his disdain at a couple of young children, sarcastically clapping as they putted the ball along the battered course. One of the funniest moments I've witnessed EVER. The warped statue of The Little Mermaid, the space caravan and selfie hole provide more amusement as you stroll around the park.

However, amongst all the funny, you're hit with the reality of what is happening here and everywhere. Political and ethical issues smack you right in the face. Ahh, this isn't just a theme park. The themes running through this park are obviously wildly different, designed to shock and protest and they really do force feed food for thought.

I couldn't help but try to pick out who was part of the joke; the woman who barged through the crowd to buy herself an 'I am an imbecile' balloon, the dad who brought his 3 year old in the buggy along to witness the demise of Cinderella... or was it me? Taking photos of genuine Banksy works like a typical tourist.  Had I missed the real point? Either way, it got me thinking and I'm still thinking now. And that's what is so fantastic about Dismaland.

Dismaland is only on for a few more days. If you can, GO. Banksy fan or not, there are some amazing pieces of art to see and you're guaranteed to feel something about what's there. It is so well done.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Recycle Me Retro

T-shirt: River Island (similar) // Mom Jeans: Topshop // Shoes: eBay // Sunglasses: Vintage // 

Soooo, I've been a bit rubbish with keeping up with the blog lately - that one day a week still manages to get away from me somehow! I started a new job in June and I've really wanted to throw myself into it, so when it comes to the weekend, I relish the chance to just chill. I'm really enjoying the job though, so it's definitely worth it! 

On Saturday, I shook that sloth off my shoulders and took some outfit snaps. Like most of us gals, I find myself always on the hunt for new clothes, but once in a while, I force myself to actually wear what I buy more than once... 

Mom jeans are still such a fave; you cannot go wrong with some decent denim, and as I hadn't done an outfit post in a little while, I wanted to wear something a bit more fun with them. I'm a big fan of this River Island baggy tee, mainly because it says 'original nineties' and we all know how much I love anything nineties (especially, Spice Girls, Pineapple hair and fun attire). Finished off with a bright white pair of chunky sandals and mirrored sunglasses, I went for all out retro and was feeling sassy. So sassy in fact, that I went for the hand on hip pose for the last photo. Uh huh, honey.

Well, hasn't the weather changed? It was pretty lovely last weekend and it's currently very grey and drizzly. On the plus side, it does mean we can all bring out our winter coats soon, yay!