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Style Stories…

It was when I was at University that someone first commented on my habit of ‘contextualising your clothes’
In my eyes, every garment has some sort of history. Even brand new items! 
A Breton style top can emulate Jean Serberg, or fisherman off the shores of France, whilst a pretty white broderie dress will always give me hints of ‘Little House on the Prairie’ 
Within my own wardrobe, I have an ‘Abba’ playsuit, ‘Ziggy Stardust’ skirts, and more ‘Mary Poppins’ items than I care to mention!
 
I’ve bought shoes off the back of seeing similar pairs in movies (The Painted Veil being a great example…Her two-tone brogues were amazing!) and always fawn over costumes whilst mentally taking notes for future purchases.
So with all that in mind, I think I had already given this skirt a story before it arrived on my doorstep!
A cheeky little Topshop treat, I loved the bright Spring florals on such a heavy, decadent fabric. 
As I pulled an outfit together, I realised how much it reminded me of early 60’s prom dresses.
To me, it’s a little bit ‘Grease’ and a little bit ‘Sound of Music’ (it could easily be made from a pair of jazzy curtains!)
 
I could just imagine a 1960’s girl waiting for her date to pick her up, all dressed up for a drive-in cinema, or burger joint…Which is what we tried to emulate in these photos (the waiting part not the burger date unfortunately!)
 
My vanity case is one from my collection – it’s a bit broken after someone fell on it during some very flamboyant dance moves!
 
My wedge sandals are from Primark last year and are still my favourites! They go with everything and are so easy to walk in.
Little glittery blush-coloured socks stopped my toes getting cold!
Since dyeing my hair, I’m definitely found myself drawn to pink (and indeed, colour in general!) a lot more.
With a skirt this bright though, I toned it down with black basics like a H&M body suit, and a Topshop cocoon coat.

 

I really love the idea of an elegant outfit teamed with messy, undone hair. So I left mine completely natural!
The necklace is salvaged from an old broken one, it’s nowhere near as expensive as it looks!
I’ve spent the last few weeks since bleaching my hair trying to find the perfect semi-permanent dyes to achieve the pastel head I desire.
I think I’ve made some real progress since these photos were taken, results of which I shall share soon!
And as ever, I have Sam to thank for these lovely photos!
Taken during rush hour by a busy road, we chased the setting sun to capture the evenings beautiful golden light.
And the fact that I’m so comfortable with him, means we both forget what’s going on around us…
Even when people were having a real snoop as their cars crawled along in traffic! 
Hope you had a great weekend!
 
Love Yours Truly, x

Spring Time Pastels…

I’m going to hazard a guess that my latest little bout of ‘comfort dressing’ began about three or four weeks ago, when simultaneously  awful weather and very cosy new jumper both arrived in Brighton.
 
Since then I’ve mostly been in a uniform of sorts, consisting of varying cosy jumpers, skinny jeans and my favourite chelsea boots.
 
However the recent few days of glorious sunshine (Spring is finally here!) have bought me out of my dark wool cocoon, and flung me gleefully back into my favourite colours, including a very slight hair make-over too!
Baby pink! Gloriously girly and carefree, I am completely in love with my new hair!
 
I dabbled with multi-coloured tresses in my last year at University, and haven’t touched a pack of Manic Panic since. But for some reason, last Friday afternoon I found myself locked away in the bathroom with copious amounts of bleach and blue shampoo, perfecting my bottle-blonde colour!
Whilst I still don’t think I’ve reached the colour I’m striving after (the search for the best semi-permanent dye is currently underway!) I love how different this new colour is!
I’ve had a couple of instances where my friends have looked right through me, as I sat waiting to meet them in coffee shops, or the cinema! They are so used to my little gingery head, and admittedly so I am! My reflection in shop windows and passing mirrors still makes me do a double-take!
 

So to debut my new tresses, I thought this pretty silky blouse from French Connection would be the perfect pastel pairing!
 
I love its boxy tailoring, and the pretty pinkish hue is ideal for Springtime…

I accessorised with a matching pastel perspex ring, a scarf ring (with the cutest little bird, that oddly fits my fingers!) and a Rimmel nail polish from the Kate Moss range called ‘Punk Rock’.
 
My leather clutch bag was from a flea market in Paris a few years ago. It’s the loveliest leather – all beaten up and soft. It cost something ridiculous like two euros, and it’s one of my favourites.

My new coat was a sale-rail find from Topshop. I couldn’t believe my luck! One left, my size, and only £20! What a steal! This is – believe it or not – the first black coat I have ever owned!
To offset the girly-ness of my blouse, I teamed it with a green ‘jungle’ print skirt I found on eBay. I didn’t imagine the two going together, but I really like their slightly mis-matched colouring.
My sunglasses are old favourites from H&M (I’m currently on the prowl for a new pair for some variety!) and my lipstick is a beautiful little treat from Tom Ford in ‘Wild Ginger’. The packaging of his make-up is so luxurious!

Larking about…I have found it increasingly awkward to pose for blog photos – I feel so aware of how cliched each pose is.
 
Fortunately with the wonderful Sam Luck on hand, to not only provide his wonderful photography skills, but also his cheeky sense of humour, this set didn’t bother me!
 
So fingers crossed I will feel like blogging again without the need for another three week break!

Happy Spring-time everyone! Sunnier days are ahead!

Love Yours Truly, x 

Pedalling in Pastels…

The sun came to Brighton! For a few glorious day we were sun soaked (if not a little wind beaten!) and I was determined to make the most of the (inevitable) fleeting blues skies.
 
After a tasty breakfast, Becca and I dusted off our bicycles (I haven’t ridden mine for about a month despite riding it throughout the entire winter!) and took them for a spin along the Brighton seafront for what turned out to be a five mile ride (some very sore bottoms in the flat that night!)
 
How could we resist not stopping for a few snaps along the way?!
 
 
Urgh…First of all let me get over how much I love my bicycle! Swoon! 
Perhaps in tribute to it’s gorgeous iris-blue colour, I’m wearing a surprisingly co-ordinated outfit!
 
The grey velvet t-shirt and blue playsuit (worn as shorts) I  borrowed from Becca (living with girls doubles your wardrobe!) 
I’ve been feeling a bit ‘stuck in a rut’ lately so it’s been lovely to borrow (and lend!) some pieces to bring a breath of fresh air to my own wardrobe.
 
 
This cute little mac was an eBay find, which I’m wearing with a vintage mustard scarf for a splash of colour! It matched beautifully with the pastel-loveliness of the huts!
 
 
And my tights are layered up of a Topshop cornflower blue pair, and these greyish-nude H&M patterned pair. I love the effect!
The shoes are old Topshop…As if I wasn’t going to be first in line for a pair of glittery mary-janes!
 
 
The bubble ring I’m wearing is a mini glitter snow-globe I bought when I was 16 at the V&A Museum in London. It never fails to cheer me up!
 
 
I’m also wearing (though you can’t really see it because the pesky wind was blowing my hair in all directions!) a homemade lace collar which a reader sent me last year. I have trawled trying to find the email to credit her but to no avail! So if you read this and recognise the collar do let me know! 
 
 
And because she looked so amazing, I had to feature my ever-obliging photographer flat mate again!
Just how Orla Kiely is Beccas outfit?! 
Here she is with her own co-ordinating bicycle!
 
 
Beccas dress was a recent purchase from Primark of all places! She’s wearing it with a vintage silk blouse and my old Topshop white brogues (it works both ways after all!)
 
 
One more before we hit the road…
 
 
And off we go!

 
Apologies for the lack of blogging – I actually have a back log of posts all ready to go, but have been too busy working to put any of them up!
So expect a huge surge of posts soon!
 
Love Yours Truly, x