Saturday, 20 February 2016

Four seasons of denim culottes.. (Remix)

I'm quite surprised at myself, considering how much I adore remixes and marvel at the various ways to wear an item of clothing I seem to have neglected my blog of a remix for quite some time. Whilst pondering as to which item I ought to utilize for my remix, I could think of nothing better than my newly acquired pair of Zara denim culottes. Recently I've really started to appreciate culottes, they're incredibly versatile and can be worn in such away that they accommodate a scope of styles and different seasons. So I thought what could be better than to demonstrate my point by assembling an outfit ideal for each season...


For the spring theme, I opted for an array of pastels and washed out colours, the denim culottes can be easily integrated into the spring palette, since the colour of the denim is a faded blue which blends in with the whole quintessential spring theme, here I paired the culottes with a pair of Primark shoes, Accessorize milk carton bag, a Romwe peter pan collared blouse and a vintage headscarf!


Summer connotes beaches, sunny weather, loose and comfortable clothing to help survive the sweltering heat, unless of course you live in Manchester in which case there is little alteration needed. When I initially bought the culottes I envisioned them with this exact stripy t-shirt and shoes, promenading down the beach with an ice-cream in my hand,so of course the outfit is typically nautical, perfect for the surrounding that I imagined, yet the outfit also possess a practical and comforting quality, the jersey top from Mango is both light and flexible which makes the heat much more bearable, personally I can't think of anything worse than having to venture out on an excursion, overheating in stiff or artificial material.. summer is about keeping things simple and organic yet chic. The items in this outfit involve my Primark canvas bag, Zara culottes, Mango strip t-shirt, vintage scarf and my shoes from a local market.


I'm stating the obvious but by this time the weather is beginning to cool down, yet it isn't quite coat-wearing season, it's that transition which can be a little perplexing since  the weather is at an in-between stage, this ambiguity however, can definitely be advantageous. Autumn is probably my favourite season as that's when all the shop windows are flooded with warm and saturated colours. You can dress in warm attire without having to conceal it with a thick coat, buttoned all the way up to your neck. Here I've styled my culottes with a light weight blazer-cardigan which gives off the impression as though I've given my outfit more thought and effort than I actually have, paired with a neutral white/cream blouse, Zara denim culottes, Accessorize bag, vintage scarf and ancient brogues.


Despite winter not exactly being my season of preference, the outfit I chose is! I for one cannot stand the cold, therefore the perfect solution for a low threshold to the cold and miserable weather is of course.. layering! As I've mentioned dozens of times before, I love incorporating diverse colours and fabrics on top of one another  and this is no exception. Here I've decided to contrast my light blue denim culottes with darker tones which compensate for their light colour. Firstly I opted for my thick black turtle neck as a foundation layer on which built  my outfit,  I then shrugged on my reliable old H&M coat, Koton bag, suede black ankle boots and a vintage neck tie to provide a little more colour to my bland outfit.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

My top favourite Blog reads!.. With drawings!

Alex from Larkspur Vintage is a blogger that I've loved to read  over the years and very much admire. She was one of the bloggers who really instigated my confidence in this blog, and I couldn't be more grateful. Her blog features outfits with the perfect blend of vintage pieces alongside modern high-street fashion. The aspect that I relish most about her style, is that there is not a constant incorporation of new pieces, rather she settles to integrate newly acquired items with ones that her viewers are familiar with, which speaks to the creative and thrifty side to me. Not only is her ability to dress stylishly commendable but she's also very real, in the sense that when you read her entries, it's almost as if you're genuinely listening to her, I really appreciate how she confides all of her life's important experiences with her readers whether they be joyous or saddening, which I frankly find genuine and heartwarming. 

We share a love for the colours red and blue, so that's a good start, Noelle's style reflects her youthful, fun and colourful personality.  Her style includes a vast amounts of peterpan collars, little pinafores, fedoras and mini skirt, always  paired with the most precious bag, speaking of which I often marvel at her bag collection which comes in the form of anything besides the ordinary, from London buses to Christmas trees.

I recently discovered Klara from a Robot Heart, and I could sit here and ramble on about her style, which is of course lovely and elegant however what drew me to mention her blog the most was her devotion to ethical style which is so sincere and touching, I highly advise those of you that don't know her already to give her perspective to style a quick read!

I fortunately stumbled across Mona from Curls & Cakes whilst browsing the Modcloth style gallery, and was drawn to her simple yet adorable style, which seems to be her trademark. I really like how she keeps her outfit simple and tasteful without overwhelming it with various colours and accessories, so that the piece she's featuring is always the focal point, not to mention her raven curls which let's admit we all want. It doesn't just cease with her style, her blog features mouth-warteringly yummy recipes which are all on my bucket list!

                             A Clothes Horse

Last but not least, Rebecca from A Clothes Horse, who played a significant role in the development of my style and the reassurance that there were others out there who have a soft spot for quirky and colourful vintage outfits. It was through her blog that I was introduced to the world of vintage bloggers, Rebecca is not only an inspiration with her beautifully coordinated outfits, but her frequent travels and her picturesque photography are an absolute delight to look at. Not to mention the fact she's married to an Irish man and resides in Ireland, brings out the Irish in me (i'm half Irish, just to clarify).

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Wardrobe Essentials I simply can't live without! (hand drawn)

1) Stripy T-shirt: They're one of those basics that you can throw on with a skirt or a pair of jeans, whereby it instantly adds character to the outfit, simple but effective. One can wear a stripy t-shirt with almost any colour, my favourite is wearing one with the colours white, red and navy which gives my outfit a nautical theme!

2) A midi skirt: Admittedly I have nothing against a mini, they're fun, chic and are versatile in that they can be dressy or casual depending on what you pair with them. A midi on the other hand I feel has classic and more sophisticated vibe to it, especially those that have structure to them rather than the jersey ones that cling to your thighs.  I personally favor midi chiefly due to my religious requirements and body insecurities however I believe that even if that weren't the case I would still have an inclination towards midi skirts. My final words; ladylike, sophisticated and elegant.

3) The white collared blouse: I often don't wear white blouses on their own, rather I prefer to layer them with a dress, blazer or knitwear. Despite them not playing a prominent role in my outfit, they still do feature as a detail especially peterpan collared blouses which are quintessentially vintage and obviously adorable hence why incorporate them into my outfits so often.

4)Preppy blazer: This is pretty self-explanatory really, it adds structure and is a major layering component in my wardrobe, especially my faded duckegg blazer which seeps it's way into the grand majority of my outfits, to the extent it's practically like a school uniform.

5) Pinafore/Dress:  I'm a great sucker for sleeveless dresses particularly those with some texture to it, my fondness stems from the fact that I can wear them with a pretty blouse underneath which has that schoolgirl appearance that I am very partial to, it's adorable, preppy with a tinge of a studious nerd aspect to it.

6) Culottes: Mum despises them with a passion, I however love them! In terms of Culottes I feel blessed since they're quite mainstream which means I can purchase them in an array of colours and patterns from shops such as Zara and Topshop,  which usually does not occur since my style would be considered granny inspired so it is difficult to find items that suit my style on the high street.  I'm digressing, to cut the chase I enjoy sporting an androgynous or masculine intersects with  feminine look. My favourite kind of culottes which are very accessible at the moment are the denim culottes that have a sailor quality to them.

7) Brogues, court shoes and Ballerina pumps: For the life of me I cannot comprehend with the need for a vast show collection,  if you ask me, it's possessing a couple of pairs (in honest truth I'd wear nothing but my tan Brogues,  but I alternate to keep things interesting) which are complementary with every item in my wardrobe,  and yes it is quite possible. Ballerina pumps are my designated summer shoes, they're much more feminine and compliment your outfit without drawing too much attention, you simply slip them on and off you go. I reserve court heels for special occasions which require me to appear more formal, presentable and visually appealing, otherwise heels of any length are not worth the hell they put you through. I'd like to take this moment to express my awe for anyone who can wear them for longer than an hour. Honestly.  

8) Cardigans and Jumpers: Cardigans in my wardrobe are a cosier and warmer alternative to blazers, they still have a layering aspect to it and can really emphasize the colours of your blouse or dress whilst keeping you warm and snuggly unlike a stiff blazer. Jumpers fulfill a similar purpose, I needn't explain why I possess a few essential jumpers... particularly if you have a low threshold to the cold like me. 

9) Bows, bags, jewelry and scarves: As I previously stated; it's all about those details! This category is the final touches to an outfit,  and if you ask me, however small they may be, are still an integral part to what comprises an outfit. They can add a splash of colour to a dull, monotonous outfit, they can help determine the theme or style you're going for and in general constitute what makes an outfit interesting and eye catching. The scarf can be used as a layering tool or to stabilize a colour scheme...or simply to keep warm.... you gotta do what you gotta do to not turn into an ice cube.  Personally I wear the headscarf once again due to the modesty requirement in my religion, since I cannot finish my outfit with a hair style, I attempt to compensate by trying various hijab (Islamic headdress) styles.

Hope this was helpful!