Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Outfit Post: A Little Boho Never Hurt Nobody

It was the summer of ’04. Boho fever had struck and Sienna Miller ruled supreme as Queen Bohemia. Gorgeously undone hair, low-slung leather belts, teeny floaty dresses, grey jeans and the Balenciaga City bag were her style stables and the looks we all clamoured to copy. While her red carpet looks from the likes of Marchesa, Roberto Cavalli and pal Matthew Williamson were hard to replicate, subtler Sienna-inspired accents were all over the high street from Topshop to Zara.

Eventually, boho reached saturation and 13 years later, it still hasn’t managed to cycle back. Aside from Chloe, but Chloe girls are always boho babes. I for one really miss the carefree boho days. Nothing says summer like like a pretty floaty dress, fuss-free locks, a stack of gold jewellery and soft tan accessories. Happy-go-lucky, easy and breezy.

This is exactly why I’m making a case for luxe boho to return. I spied this dress while hunting down some pearl-embellished jeans in Zara and it just reminded me of those chilled summers wafting around Covent Garden and Carnaby Street like a free-spirit. I just had to have it. I paired my dress with a blush pink Chloe bag and Seventies-inspired strappy platforms from Medwinds. The only thing missing was a studded leather belt picked up at the souk in Marrakesh. Oh and my favourite upside to channeling boho? The relaxed, floaty silhouettes are perfect for over indulging in gelato on a hot summer’s day. What more could you want?

Dress – Zara
Bag – Chloe
Heels - Medwinds

Photography by Adorn Girl

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Outfit post: Florals for spring, groundbreaking

Springtime, florals… cue ubiquitous and overused Miranda Priestly quote. I roll my eyes every time I hear this quote trotted out by anyone who has ever seen The Devil Wears Prada, ever. Florals are an inevitable spring/summer trend but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring.

This season, florals have been amped up. Less straightforward and pretty, they now pack a punch. Neon at Balenciaga and Rococo-style jacquard florals at Marques’Almeida, SS17 florals have an attitude. Pretty floral tea dresses still have their place, just look at Erdem, but I like the new punchier take on florals. It’s all about unexpected pairings, bold colours, abstract prints and a very much maximalist take on classic florals. More is more.

I channelled this high octane energy with this look. It’s a bit of a mish mash of boho paisley mixed with sheer, frills and florals. Pretty much every SS17 trend thrown together in one outfit. In a way, it feels like a very London look. London fashion isn’t polished like New York or super classic like Paris. It’s deconstructed, a bit messy and imperfect. It’s not inspired by the pages in Vogue or any particular runway look. Fashion in London has always been about self expression. And isn't that what fashion should always be about? 

Dress – Boohoo
Sheer tshirt - Zara

Photographer - Adorn Girl

Friday, 26 May 2017

Best Dressed at the AmfAR Gala 2017

The AmfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala is the glittering jewel in Cannes’ crown. There’s nothing I love more than seeing supermodels decked out in custom gowns and a sprinkling of million-dollar jewels on a red carpet and while I’ve had a field day watching the festivities at Cannes, it’s AmfAR that I most look forward to. Here are my favourite looks from this year’s gala:

Bella Hadid in Ralph & Russo
This dress blew me out of the water. Bella looks exquisite. There’s nothing more that can be said for this look other than “she shut it down”. This look is going to go down in history.

Lara Stone in Chanel Couture
I’m a huge fan of being extra, which is why I adore this Chanel Couture look. Sequins and a plunging neckline and long sleeves and a slight drop waist and a poufy tutu skirt. The only  thing I’m not loving is the belt – it’s just one step too far but it's still a great look. 

Cindy Bruna
The internet doesn’t seem to know where Cindy’s gorgeous black gown is from but I’m utterly obsessed. The neckline is so chic and modern while the bottom half of heavy velvet with ruching is vampy goth but somehow it all works together.

Irina Shayk in Prada
Only Miuccia could take a simple dress, cover it in sequins and make it look modern and fresh rather than tacky. I don’t often like a sequinned dress on the red carpet, it feels old hat and stale but I can’t get enough of this beautiful creation on Irina. 

Martha Hunt in Ermanno Scervino
Pretty, sheer dresses are a dime a dozen on red carpets but this delicate sea foam number by Ermanno Scervino really stood out from the crowd. The mixed textures on the dress and simple styling are perfection. 


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Outfit Post: Sunday Blues

Despite being born in January, I’m definitely a summer child. Watching white fluffy clouds float by while feeling a soft summer breeze on my skin is my idea of bliss. Living in London, I yearn for those precious weeks of sunshine and blue skies. My travel plans revolve around this – winters are spent flying long-haul to chase the sun while summers are spent in London, the best city in the world when the sun shines.

When it comes to fashion, the seasons inspire me in different ways. The autumn/winter season lends itself to creative dressing – complex combinations of textures and layers, invariably covered up with a thick coat but I love the idea of an often simple, functional outer layer being peeled away to reveal a creative form of self expression. The spring/summer season by contrast is easy breezy – just throw on a pretty summer dress with heels and you’re good to go.

I’d love to be one of those carefree girls who can just throw on a pair of perfectly battered denim cut offs with a tshirt and skip out of the house but alas, that life is not for me. You see, denim shorts just don’t like me. Every year, I spend hours traipsing up and down the highstreet trying on every pair of denim shorts within sight to find the perfect pair but they just don’t exist. Apparently the highstreet doesn’t cater to women whose waist and hips are two different sizes. Or as Sir Mix-a-Lot put it “an itty bitty waist and a round thing in your face”.

This is why I’m overjoyed at the return of the denim skirt. A staple of my university wardrobe, I haven’t so much as thought about a denim skirt for about a decade. While Topshop can’t grasp the concept of denim shorts that actually cover your buttcheeks, their denim skirts are on point. I picked up this beautifully distressed version a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t wait to style it up for a blog shoot. I went for an all-blue-everything look, an ode to summer’s blue skies and turquoise waters, if you will.

Denim shirt – H&M

Skirt – Topshop
Bag – Miu Miu 

Photography by Adorn Girl

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Outfit Post: The Morning After The Night Before

It’s funny how quickly time flies and how much your life can change before you even know it. This year marks a whole decade since I graduated and it feels like I’ve experienced several lifetimes over the last ten years! Being a bright-eyed, broke graduate is a very distant memory now, as are those heady, party-hard student days. Life is thankfully a lot more serene and settled now.

It’s funny how quickly habits change; nights out have been replaced with nights in, I choose green tea over vodka, reading is a pleasure rather than a chore and exercise is a part of my vocabulary! My current choices may sound dull but priorities change, my indulgences are now travel and investment pieces rather than high street purchases and nights out. That’s not to say I’m a hermit, I just prefer a bloody good Negroni to a Smirnoff Ice! The novelty of going “out-out” is long gone for me, I went from student nights out straight to endless fashion events.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the best way to blow off some steam is a night out. But for me, the best part of going out is the getting dressed and getting ready part – the anticipation and build up. Nowadays, I’ll book in to get my hair and make up done if it’s a special night and I want to feel good, this is always my highlight!

I also like the end of the night, the mixture of elation, exhaustion and sweaty happiness. At university, this meant walking home in a giggly group dissecting the events of the night as daylight broke. The juxtaposition of our dresses and heels still stale from the night before and the fresh morning air, full of the sounds of birds chirping always amused me. This was actually the inspiration behind this outfit, an ode to the walk of shame, if you will.

I absolutely adore this Zara shirt…dress…thing. I’ve had it for about a year and still can’t figure out whether it’s a long shirt or a short dress. Sometimes I wear it as I have here, with shorts underneath for safety but sometimes I wear it to work with skinny jeans. I paired the shirt with my favourite Next heels, a little fluffy and boudoir-esque to add to the overall vibe of the outfit. Now that I’m typing this all out, it feels a little silly to be inspired by such a specific event and time but hey ho, that’s fashion. As Coco Chanel herself stated, “Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

Shirt/dress – Zara
Shorts – Bershka
Heels – Next
Bag – Saint Laurent
Watch - Timex

Shot by Tinuke of Circus Mums.
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