I'm Kristabel and I'm addicted to polka dots. It seems that I have failed in my quest to diversify my print collection and to buy less of my preferred print. I blame Monki and Topshop partly for this as it seems that they are still everywhere on the High Street, in new shapes and colour combinations previously unseen in my wardrobe. Methinks that the Yayoi Kusama exhibition (more on that later) will certainly help in keeping dots as a print force to be reckoned with and have just accepted that I will always keep buying into its various guises. In the past week I've noticed a certain theme in what I've been wearing, with most outfits including either floral patterns or polka dots with a new twist. I guess this post is a roundabout way of showing you some of the new bits and bobs I've been buying for Spring as well a few events I've been to recently.
Belt - Charity shop
Skirt - Monki
Boots - Vagabond
It took a lot of willpower not to buy this skirt from Monki. It kept taunting me in the Selfridges concession, looking so simple to wear and the perfect length but I kept telling myself that I did not need another polyester pleated skirt. Eventually I caved after a quick wander into the new Carnaby Street store and realised that I could get a lot of wear out of it, either teamed with a clashing t-shirt or baggy jumper. I don't really have a one in one out policy in my wardrobe as of yet but I feel that I could perhaps part with some of my lesser worn skirts as a compromise. The Mary Katrantzou tee arrived after fashion week and it was love at first sight, boasting a similar print to her SS12 collection but for the minute price of £30. I've hidden most of the ombre effect with the skirt but the length lends itself well to eventual print clashing with floral trousers (if I'm brave enough) or just brightening up a pair of jeans.
Dress - Topshop
Belt - Charity shop
Tights - Wolford
Shoes - Nine West Vintage America
Ring - Monki
Necklace - Tatty Devine
For the Company Blog Awards it was back to the tried and tested lace dress formula, but this time in a bold yellow colour. I had originally wanted the dress in the light grey when I first saw it online, but since only this colour was reduced, I decided to be a bit braver with my choice. I think Amy was impressed, as I'm usually always in black whenever she sees me! No matter what your opinions on blog awards are, they're a great excuse for a social event and interacting with online buddies in real life. You can see a few pictures of the evening here and the eventual winners; instead of drowning our sorrows a few of us embarked on a spontaneous visit to The Diner to stock up on cheeseburgers and fries!
Leather jacket, dress - Topshop
Belt - Vintage
Tights - M&S
Boots - Vagabond c/o Zalando
Necklace - Me & Zena
You might have already guessed this from the outset, but I am immensely happy that Monki has finally opened a standalone store in the UK and on Thursday I was invited to their launch party. The store was packed with some of the trendiest people London has to offer, amazing clothes and some of the cutest finger food which was perfect antidote after a long day at work. I tried to channel the quirks of the brand with a head-to-toe polka dotted look and fully got into the spirit of the party by donning some gold star eyelashes by Shimmer Twins. I've read a few posts about Monki parties that they've held all over Europe and this occasion didn't disappoint, with an amazing playlist featuring the likes of Destiny's Child (none of that newfangled stuff) and a set from the Swedish duo Icona Pop I'd previously been unaware of. This sense of fun and sharing stories of the lives of creatives from all over the world has been carried through to their newest magazine issue, which is free to pick up in store.
A few snaps of the new Monki store, plus the best dance buddy ever Jen and Daniela and I in a lovely photo taken by Abi
Are you planning to pay a visit to the Monki store in Carnaby street? I can tell already that its addition to the area will seriously harm my bank balance as I spy something I want every time I visit. I wonder how long it will be until something polka-dotted works its way into my wardrobe again...