Discovering Vintage Heaven

21 September 2014

how to wear a Boden Winter floral skirt

How quickly does two months go?  It seemed like I'd have to wait ages for the results of my Boden Blogger photoshoot back in early August but somehow I've barely tackled my to-do list and it's the end of September.  I've started to pack some of my extremely Summer wardrobe bits away and I'm preparing for the return of tights.  All the tights.  The only good thing is that some of the things I spotted at the AW14 press days are starting to appear online and Boden had a fair few pieces that floated my boat.  It's like they read my mind when it came to prints and it seemed right to mix a few together for my outfit.  If it's good enough for my mate Jourdan Dunn*, then it's good enough for me!

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Vintage Heaven Columbia Road
Some People Want it to happen some wish it would
Vintage crockery and china shops
cool coffee shops in London Cakehole Columbia road
Boden Blogger photoshoot
Vintage crockery and china shops
Vintage crockery and china shops
Boden Blogger photoshoot

Top, Skirt & Boots - All Boden

Make sure you check out the feature asap as I'm in some awesome company!  All of the snaps were shot in the same day, so I can't imagine how hectic it must have been for the crew but it definitely turned out well.  My location was the treasure trove that is Vintage Heaven, I'd never actually managed to pop in before so it was nice to have a root around and plan my dream china set.  I'm always buying random bowls and mugs just to store pretty things in, so I had to reign myself in a little.  I'll definitely be going crazy if I can ever have a place of my own.

Vintage Heaven Columbia Road

Behold my outfit and AW14 picks, you'll be seeing some on the blog soon!  You can also get 10% off on the site with the code LDN4 so let me know if you buy anything!




*This post is in collaboration with Boden and Jourdan Dunn is technically not my mate, unless taking a festival selife with her counts?

Borrowing My LFW Wardrobe

19 September 2014

Ganni blue tartan check Karelia Wool Coat

Time for a break from models wearing clothes and back to me wearing them instead.  For this year's fashion week outfits, I decided to mix things up a bit.  Instead of receiving the odd bit here and there and putting things with my own wardrobe, I've decided to take a complete U-turn and borrow everything.  I know this seems a bit untoward, as a blogger I often prefer to receive things to keep as I believe that when you own something, it becomes a part of you and your style (soppy I know).  If you look at my outfits, some of the same pieces have popped up time and time again over the years and each has a gone on a bit of a journey.  Despite this consistent thought process, I had a bit of a brainwave whilst doing my last-minute.com ticket requests and thought it might be an interesting experiment to call in the main elements of each outfit.  Would I be treated differently wearing some designer duds or even feel more comfortable within myself?

Mini brown cambridge satchel

Now I don't have much of a swanky wardrobe, there's the odd thing here and there bought in the sale or with some sort of staff discount from a kind friend, but I can rarely wear current season unless it's under £100.  So many press releases I get ask me if I'd ever like to loan items but I'd never thought to succumb, until now.  Firstly it'd be too depressing the give the items back and secondly I have a habit of getting toothpaste everywhere.  I go to lots of press days throughout the year but apart from Instagram-ing the odd thing, half of what I see doesn't ever make it onto the blog as I can't afford to interact with it personally in an outfit post.  I've realised that lot of bloggers, editors and celebrities borrow stuff all of the time and I thought it would be interesting to step into their shoes for a week (though not literally, I've mostly stuck with my own footwear and jewellery).  I decided to see if I could call in my dream wardrobe for one of the most talked about times of the year and here's how it went!

Second Female matching top and skirt in leopard
New Balance trainers wth a Rebecca Minkoff bag
Second Female matching top and skirt in leopard
Savoy hotel London
Second Female matching top and skirt in leopard

Friday


I soon realised the problem with wearing things for the supposed current season, whilst seeing things for the next, it's so flippin' hot!  The weather was pretty good to us this season but I still saw people soldiering on in their Winter coats, it's like all common sense goes out of the window.  This Second Female sweatshirt and skirt co-ord was a little cosier than I would have liked on my Northern line journey, but at least I didn't need a jacket at any point during the day.  Most people commented that they never see me in trainers but in reality I've been living in these New Balances for all airport journeys and errands.  I must wear them with exciting things more often though, I did freak out that they made my feet look massive the first time I wore them with a skirt but now I'm used to it.

I borrowed: Top & Skirt - Second Female, Bag - Rebecca Minkoff, Sunglasses - Triwa
I own: New Balance Trainers - c/o JD Sports, Necklace - Tatty Devine, Watch - Drive from Citizen

best coats for AW14
Mulberry grey small Kensington bag
Cacharel sleeveless Azure Poppy dress
Triwa leopard print sunglasses
Cacharel sleeveless Azure Poppy dress

Saturday


OK scrap my disbelief at everyone wearing coats, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em springs to mind.  When I saw this Ganni number in the showroom I was slightly peeved at the fact it wasn't February but decided to wear it in 22 degree heat anyway.  My brainwave meant that I tried to borrow things I'd seen at press days but most of the time the samples were unavailable for LFW or someone else already had them.  This coat was the only familiar sight and I treated it as more of an oversized cardigan to justify wearing it, and to stop myself feeling like I was going to a wedding.  Not that that's a bad thing, this Cacharel dress is stunning but not the shape I'd usually go for.  I ended up loving the volume and back detail in the end.  This was probably the most complimented outfit, Stylist Magazine picked up on it and the new season Mulberry Kensington bag was definitely recognisable.  I still don't know how I managed to give it back, when it arrived I did a little dance with it even though I knew the inevitable would happen.

I borrowed: Coat - Ganni, Dress - Cacharel (similar), Bag - Mulberry (similar), Sunglasses - Triwa, Ring - Lola & Grace
I own: Necklace & Earrings - c/o Anna Lou Of London, Shoes - Swedish Hasbeens

preppy outfits sweatshirt with tartan skirt
st pancras renaissance hotel
what bloggers wear to London Fashion Week
Bailey Nelson sunglasses tiger earrings
st pancras renaissance hotel London
Ganni Venus sweatshirt
How to wear a Ganni sweatshirt

Sunday


Even though my school days are over, I thought I'd take the preppy idea and run with it in every way possible.  The vintage checked skirt from Beyond Retro really should have been part of my uniform, I rolled it up in the same way I used to in primary school (my innocent mind meant that I didn't know why exactly I was doing it) and picked some sensible shoes accordingly.  I don't usually do small bags but since I was channelling a more 'fash-un' frame of mind, I found the tiniest Cambridge Satchel possible and treated it in the same way I would a small child.  It's just so cute!  Of course I needed a second tote for all of the usual stuff I carted around but I can definitely see their appeal.
 
I borrowed: Sweatshirt - Ganni, Skirt - Beyond Retro, Sunglasses - Bailey Nelson, Bag - The Cambridge Satchel Company
I own: Necklace - Tatty Devine, Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell, Watch - c/o Caravelle,

Old red telephone boxes in Covent Garden London
Caravelle watch with double finger ring
pink with red stripes
Hobbs metallic bronze Agatha brogue with Aspinal Marylebone Tote
London fashion week outfits
Reiss Mona leather jacket in pink

Monday


Since I'm being totally honest in this post, I literally threw this jacket on just for these snaps.  I went for another sweatshirt and skirt combination, purely because these are the only items I had that fitted (some of the other Cacharel pieces I liked would not go near my pot belly) and I wanted to change things up slightly.  For once I had to be flexible and base my choices on what was available.  I gathered a lot of pieces in the week leading up to the shows and worked out full looks the night before.  Still, The Apartment was a pretty handy place where you could borrow items on a whim and now I'm almost tempted to make this pink leather jacket a reality.

I borrowed: Leather Jacket - Reiss, Sweatshirt - Ganni, Skirt - Samsoe & Samsoe, Bag - Aspinal Of London
I own: Sunglasses - c/o Jimmy Choo, Necklace - Tatty Devine, Bracelet - c/o Project J, Ring - Cheap Monday, Watch - c/o Caravelle, Brogues - c/o Hobbs

What to wear at London Fashion Week
Tatty Devine La Luna necklace
samsoe and samsoe tunic dress Scandi
Cambridge Satchel Company tote bag in teal blue
samsoe and samsoe tunic dress Scandi


Tuesday


By this point, I was itching to wear some of my own stuff.  Some of the things I really wanted to call in, like a full skirt or drop-waisted dress were simple non-existent and seeing others in these things made me feel a little wistful.  Nothing I managed to find was very fitted and although I don't mind the odd sack-like thing, I wanted to remind myself that I had a waist.  Somewhere.  Instead of throwing in the towel for the last day, I stuck to my original plan of wearing this Samsoe & Samsoe dress and inadvertently stuck to a muted colour palette.  If in doubt about a tricky shape, stick a heel with it and some red lippy.  No one will be any the wiser.

I borrowed: Dress - Samsoe & Samsoe, Bag - The Cambridge Satchel Company, Sunglasses - Triwa
I own: Shoes - Urban Outfitters, Jewellery - Tatty Devine & Stephen Einhorn

Cacharel sleeveless Azure Poppy dress

So what's your verdict on my temporary wardrobe?  I think that borrowing for me is still the exception and not the rule.  I'm happy to do it for special occasions (hint Oscars hint) but this blog is about my personal relationship with the items I wear.  What I realised about London Fashion Week and probably all the others too, is that it's all a big fantasy.  Everyone is dressed to the nines without a thought for practicality and most have begged, stolen (in the loosest sense) and borrowed to make sure that they have a shot at the street-style galleries.  Where do all of these people go when the shows are over?  I rarely see any of these types doing their shopping in Sainsburys or perhaps I just live in the wrong area.  Although I missed showing off the best bits my wardrobe has to offer, I felt comfort in the fact I have the rest of the year to wear everything on my own terms.  Regularly scheduled programming will resume shortly!

Thanks to all of the PR companies for trusting me with your samples and Task Rabbit for helping me with returns! 

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The Unique Experience

16 September 2014

Topshop Unique SS15 showspace in King's Cross

When someone asked me for a London Fashion Week essential, I replied 'Bercoca'.  Can you tell I have eye bags the size of most designer numbers with waiting lists?  Every time I wonder why I'm so tired with three shows a day on my roster I then think back to the palaver getting there (the Northern line is not my friend), late nights going through photos on an ageing Macbook and dealing with all the seasons in one day.  I may not be making much sense but I'm going to power through with my coverage regardless, giving you an insight into the frenzied atmosphere before, during and after the shows.  After countless seasons of applying, I finally managed to obtain a coveted Topshop Unique invite and tried to get there as early as possible to take in the full experience.  Alas the traffic on the Strand had other ideas however, the one time I have a car to take me somewhere it gets stuck in gridlock and arriving at the show with minutes to spare meant that I missed all of the Instagram-able meringues and the like.  Oh well, I found a handy perching spot by the side of the catwalk anyway and marvelled at the likes of Jourdan Dunn and Malaika Firth strutting like there's no tomorrow.

Topshop Unique SS15 showspace in King's Cross
Topshop Unique SS15 showspace in King's Cross
Topshop Unique SS15 Poppy Delvingne
Topshop Unique SS15 showspace in King's Cross
Topshop Unique SS15 orange scooter
Topshop Unique SS15 Cara Delevingne
Topshop Unique SS15 front row London Fashion Week
Topshop Unique SS15
Topshop Unique SS15
Topshop Unique SS15
Topshop Unique SS15
Topshop Unique SS15 Jourdan Dunn
Topshop Unique SS15
Topshop Unique SS15
Topshop Unique SS15
Topshop Unique SS15
Topshop Unique SS15

Head designer Emma Farrow has settled into her role after a few seasons and the offshoot of this beloved retailer is now a go-to place for attainable yet exciting pieces.  The new twist on nautical was the British seaside with its faded glamour and primary colours with a hint of sparkle.  There's a lot of interesting textures about this season and I definitely preferred the basketweave leathers and bonded cottons to the slightly ice-dancer bling towards the end.  I guess I'm just a casual girl at heart, give me a nice coat and a striped anything and I'm happy.  This might be the first collection I actually purchase from, now we have this nice little bond (in the meantime, I'm perusing the looks of the FROW).  Hope to see you again soon Topshop Unique, it's been lovely getting to know you.

Topshop Unique SS15
Topshop Unique SS15
Topshop Unique SS15 street style
Topshop Unique SS15 street style

 
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