Friday, 27 November 2015

Thrifting is Amazeballs: Thrift Guide and exemplar outfit

Yes, I'm such a charity shop-enthusiast that I'm devoting an entire post on the matter! Thrifting in my humble opinion is a godsend, especially if you're a penniless student or are a Vintagonista in search of something not so available in a high-street store, it's an adventure which almost always concludes in something rewarding. Rummaging through pieces in the hope of finding something singular can be very exhilarating, or maybe I just have no hobbies. Anyhow, despite you probably having heard these a million times before,  I thought, why not share some of my personal strategies that I've accumulated over the countless thrifting experiences I've attained over the years.

1. Store scoping
Even thrifting involves organizational skills at times; it's always worth mapping out the stores within close proximity of your abode and their corresponding 'turnover days'. In addition, if you're hardcore on thrifting vintage you may want to consider researching and reading reviews on certain thrift shops and their general contents in order to specify which thrift shop caters to your needs.

2. Consistency
The key to attaining many things in life is consistency, and thrifting is definitely one of them. Obviously items in thrift shops are one of a kind and are constantly being sold or replaced, unlike in a standard shop the gold isn't there for long or may simply not coincide with the your visit, whenever I'm in Manchester and feel like a casual walk around, I make it my priority to just nip in and skim the contents of the thrift shops close to me.

3. Size doesn't always matter
A point to be made about thrift shops is that a lot of the brands that eventually find themselves there are generally obscure, and so are their sizes! There's no harm in just comparing yourself with the sizes above yours, you never know the 'size 10' may actually overlap with a standard size 8.

4. A missing button won't bite
Admittedly I'm a sloth when it comes to repairing anything, and frequently opt for makeshift solutions, so I'm likely not to venture out on a project with a thrift find. However if it's for the sake of a missing button or a blemish which can be removed with a thorough wash, is it worth leaving behind an absolute gem?

Outfit details: All items are from persistent thrifting over the years :)

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Braided Turban Tutorial!

Recently I received a few requests from some readers as to how I tie my turban-headscarf. Unlike what it looks like, it’s actually very straightforward and can be condensed into 6 easy peasy steps. Of course turbans don't necessarily have to be used strictly for modesty, on the contrary, they're really multi-purpose, for instance, with a vibrant scarf, it's an excellent way to add some colour to a monotonous outfit without overdoing it. Due to my religious requirements I can't actually exhibit a hair style featuring this turban however what I can say is that it looks pretty wonderful with loose hair, especially for shorter lengths. As I mentioned, turbans are very versatile to the extent they can be used in so many different contexts, whether it be that you’re just having one of those bad hair days, or want to include some 20's sophistication to your outfit, or like me if you simply need to cover your hair in a convenient yet stylish way, then read on.....

Son zamanlarda , benim türban - başörtüsü tarzımın yapılışına dair birkaç istek aldım. Göründüğünün aksine , aslında çok basit olan bu stili 6 basit adımla oluşturabilirsiniz . Tabi ki türban sadece başörtü olarak kullanılmak zorunda değildir tam tersine, çok amaçlıdır. Örneğin, canlı bir ​​türban rengiyle, aşırıya kaçmadan sıradan bir kıyafete biraz renk katmak mükemmel bir yöntemdir ya da saçınızın kötü olduğu bir gün yaşıyorsanız, veya kıyafetinize 1920'ler zarafetini katmak istediğinizde, veya benim gibi başınızı örtme niyetiyle farklı ve şık bir şekilde bağlamak istiyorsanız , okumaya devam edin ....

Final result.

Step 1 (optional)

This step is only for those who wish to add some volume beneath their turban, obviously if you're leaving your hair loose to protrude out of your turban, then go ahead and skip this step!

Bu adım sadece kendi türbanın altına biraz hacim katmak isteyenler için! Türbanını bir saç modeli halinde kullanmak isteyenler sonraki adıma atlayabilir..

Step 2: 

Fold your square scarf in half, and adjust the fold according to how much hair or volume you wish to accommodate. Place the scarf on your head and grab the two end tails, it is crucial you make sure the middle triangle is beneath the two tails!

Kare eşarbı yarıya katlayın ya da saça veya saçınıza kattığınız hacme göre katlamayı ayarlayın. Başınızın üzerine eşarbı yerleştirin ve orta üçgenin iki uç kuyrukların altında olduğundan emin olun. Ve o iki uç kuyrukları tutun..

Step 3: 

My apologies for the awkwardness of the picture.. Tie a knot at the top of head using the two aforementioned tails, once again whilst doing so ensure that the middle triangular end is left beneath them!

Orta üçgenin alt kısımda bırakıldığından emin olduğunuzda iki uç kuyruklarla başınızın üst kısmına bir düğüm atın!

 Step 4:

Start braiding! This is of course only one of the options, it also works if you twist the ends, but I personally prefer the texture that the braid provides to my turban.

 Örmeye başlayabilirsiniz!

Step 5:

This step is pretty simple, just secure your braid with a knot!

Bu adım oldukça basit, sadece bir düğüm ile örgünüzü sabitleyin !

Step 6

Tuck the knot into the side fold and pin it into place!

Yan katın içine düğümlü örgünüzü sıkıştırın!

And Voila! There you have it.

Of course i couldn't resist an outfit photo....

Outfit details: Navy turtle-neck jumper, camel midi skirt and my ol' reliable turban!

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The lone wolf of Istanbul

I've never been much of a matchy-matchy girl, even when I was younger and my 'outfits' never followed a strict colour scheme, though what I considered back then to be creative and original, I wince at the thought now. Despite my evolution in style, I haven't lost that  aspect to which I enjoy combining different colours to create diverse yet complementary colour schemes. Living in Turkey, where I get the vibe that uniformity and conformity is the general preference, I learnt to embrace these quirks, warts and all, however small they may be. I don't feel like a pariah, on the contrary, the fact that my style is only partial to me actually makes me feel one of a kind in a country where your sartorial choices, are restricted to the few 'in' shops on the high-street. To cut to the chase what I'm most inarticulately trying to convey is that, it was a long painful path to attain the content place I am now, and if I could I would give that bashful, awkward Sumeyye of the past a big hug and tell her not to feel embarrassed about who she is. We're all beautiful exactly as we stand, and if no one appreciates that, then let it just be you. 

Outfit details: old jumper (similar), plaid pencil skirt (similar), old stripy blouse, vintage headscarf and satchel.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

ShopRuche 2015 Lookbook:Chic City Dreams

Work life, for some, is a stage in one's life that approaches too soon. Along with it comes the burden of routine work attire, dressing in crisp tailored suits, which I personally am entirely indifferent to. Style is an important aspect to my life which I'm not willing to sacrifice. What I love about the ShopRuche Lookbook 2015 is that it provides a refreshing alternative to work-wear that integrates a sophisticated yet vintage inspired feel to your work wardrobe. One can still look the part without completely relinquishing ones sartorial preferences, whatever they may be….unless of course you host an admiration for the Lady Gaga’s meat dress outfit combination…in which case you might be pushing your luck!

Friday, 13 November 2015

Necessity is the mother of Invention

I haven't been able to update this blog as often as I would have liked, over the past few days, since I've been swimming in a flood of assignments and exams. However I would like to make it up to you guys with my first Remix post, since I'm a student; a state of mind and life that all will have experienced at some point in their lives. Being a student isn't just about attending uni, it's a constant battle with expenditures and finding yourself in a financial pickle, or at least it is the case for me. Having to be a little cautious with expenses has it's perks, for one you have to get a little crafty with your wardrobe and gain a creative perspective to outfit combinations. 

Combination 1

Outfit details: vintage scarf, dress (zara) and striped T-shirt

Combination 2

Outfit details: white blouse, mustard sweater and dress

Combination 3

Outfit details: vintage scarf, old belt, white blouse and dress

Monday, 9 November 2015

The Fabulous World of Amélie Poulain

Recently a dear friend of mine was kind enough to gift me an Amélie themed notebook knowing how much I adore the movie, then again who couldn't share my love for Amélie. The music is uplifting, the cinematography is simply stunning, the pace and plot are both surreal and engaging with its delightful characters who each possess the most endearing quirks. Amélie’s world is fantastic in a singular way; as the film depicts a childlike naiveté in Amélie; her extensive imagination, her innocence and genuineness is so heart-warming, it makes even the poignant scenes of the film joyful to watch since it’s like were viewing from a child’s perspective. However themes, characters and the fabulousness of her world aside, admittedly one of the most appealing factors of the film is the saturated colour palette and outfits.

Outfit details: scarf (The Grand Bazaar), old cardigan (similar), blouse (similar) and skirt zara

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Modest Elf

The weather has cooled down drastically over the past few weeks in Istanbul, but I'm not lamenting the change in the seasons, there's a certain comfort in bringing out all the cosy autumnal cardigans, the woolly tights and the deep, saturated, rich shades of colour. Talking about autumnal shades, the colour scheme of today's outfit reminds me of my favourite Christmas classic 'Elf', particularly of the character Jovie, an employee dressed as elf. It's one of those occasional times in the year when I experience severe culture shock, despite being a Turk in Turkey. When the house is chilly, so you snuggle with a blanket on the sofa and watch Elf for possibly the hundredth time, it's not the same. The pleasant sensation of watching a Christmas RomCom isn't so relevant here. Regardless, it makes me feel so much more aware of the simpler things in life I take for granted, which are actually really special in their own ways.

Outfit details: H&M (similar), old blouse, thrifted plaid skirt and vintage square-scarf