Sunday, 8 July 2018

IT'S OKAY TO NOT BE A SUMMER GIRL + HOW I FOUND MY SUMMER STYLE


Truth be told, summer has always been my least favourite season. 

"Oh you must be used to the heat, growing up in Australia and Singapore." People always say. Well no actually, I really dislike the heat and I just suffer through it. It makes me more prone to migraines and I feel exhausted 24/7. Unfortunately I'm also the type of person that sweats a lot. TMI but it's annoying when my makeup melts off as soon as I step out the house and the moisture around my hairline and neck means that my hair develops a life of its own. I've come to accept that the summertime will never be a pleasant experience for me and I honestly do feel completely in the minority when others keep banging on about how lovely the weather is (erm wot u on about, this is torture, mate). I feel like I'm also 50% less productive during a heatwave... hence why I skipped my weekly post schedule last Sunday and why I'm now writing about my summer woes. Not only because I cannot think of anything else to talk about, but combined with the fact that my mind just constantly fixates on the thought of how much more fun I would be having if it weren't so gosh darn hot. 


Basically that's a bit of context behind my relationship with summer for ya, and now moaning aside, the thing I want to chat about specifically is how I always hit a roadblock in terms of creativity and style over this season. Fashion doesn't feel as fun without the layering aspect. The weather makes me lazy af and want to just throw on a loose dress (much comfort) every time I have to leave the house but this tends to sacrifice a lot of my favourite opportunities for self expression and most times I don't feel very "me". To solve this I have gravitated towards colourful printed dresses that could make more of a statement on their own.  I'm personally not comfortable with flashing too much flesh even as the temperature rises and although bardot dresses are some of my favourite silhouettes in general, my shoulders do tend to burn first so if it's super sunny, I will cover them up. My closet has gradually been filling up with wrap dresses for the past year and it's showing no signs of slowing down. They're definitely my go-to style for summer dresses, when I'm not trying to hide a food baby under a smock, it's nice to be able to adjust a tie waist. This pink one from & Other Stories is in a really comfortable and flattering heavyweight jersey that doesn't flap open in the breeze. A contrasting shoe against a daintier dress has always been my preferred choice. These Valentino flats have seen me through over five summers now, adding a tiny touch of rock'n'roll to any feminine ensemble. I'm thinking of how nice it would be to get back into vintage shopping again, actually. Without dwelling on the fact that many shops in London feel like human ovens nowadays, the outcome of a successful vintage shop is always a wonderful feeling and I love finding one of a kind dresses for the summertime.

I'm not sure if I've technically "found" my summer style or so to speak, but I know this is how I've really been enjoying dressing to beat the heat. In the midst of all this summer glorification, it's okay to feel like you haven't got your sh*t together and you don't have to wear all the latest trends that keep popping up on the influencers on your feed. For example, if you don't feel comfortable baring your pins in shorts and minis, than go for the bermudas or flowing midis. 
Dress for yourself only and don't view what the fashion industry tries to feed you as completely cookie cutter. Let it inspire you with fresh ideas instead of dictate you. This way of thought will seriously put a spring in your step, and if you're anything like me, it will help make the summer feel more bearable. For what better way to build confidence then when you feel completely comfortable and awesome in your outfit. Summer style is about a new season to try out new things, and nothing about showing more skin. 

If you feel like you're the only one left completely uninspired because of the weather, here's proof that you're not. We'll get through this heatwave together.

Other Stories dress / Valentino shoes / Shrimps bag

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Sunday, 24 June 2018

THE POWER OF ACCESSORIES


Much more recently I've truly started to appreciate the power of accessories. It's safe to say my sense of style has evolved quite a bit since my first blogging days of vintage dresses and never being caught dead in jeans. I used to be the type of girl who'd simply forget to throw on a ring even if I had set it out on my bedside table prior. Nowadays I'm often inspired by a more classic look (call it growing older or blame it on the Scandinavians) so the effective touch of a bit of jewellery or a statement bag is not lost on me. I'm still quite guilty of forgetting accessories before I leave the house though (haven't quite shaken the habit) so I've discovered the middle ground is to invest in a couple of solid pieces that will go with plenty of different outfits, making sure I can wear them every day. Gold jewellery was the first stepping stone for me. It's funny because I was definitely a silver only kind of gal back in the day but now I find that gold exudes a grown up elegance that I sometimes need to feel more put together in the mornings. Currently I have four gold necklaces in varying lengths to switch between depending on the neckline of the top/dress I'm wearing and I can also layer them up if the mood arises. For rings, I prefer daintier designs as I find the chunkier ones get in the way of typing or playing the piano. Most of mine are from Regal Rose, who do beautiful and unique designs in 18k gold plated sterling silver, which in my opinion, offers the perfect medium in terms of price and the bands not tarnishing. 


It's no secret that hand held bags are all the rage at the moment. Personally they're quite a departure for me, who's always loved a good crossbody. Perhaps I initially thought that they weren't the most practical design, and associated them with the stereotypically posh posture of carrying a Birkin bag in the crook of one's arm. After dipping my toes (or should I say fingers in this case) in the trend, I have to admit that I've been converted. I now quite enjoy the feeling of not having any straps dig into my shoulders and surprisingly all the bucket/basket bags I own fit a substantial amount in them which I didn't expect due to their rigid shapes. I reckon the fact that they are structured also means that you can clearly see down into your bag and it's a lot easier to find items without having to fish around for a good ten minutes every time if you know what I mean.

Topshop blouse / Topshop jeans / ASOS belt / Staud bag / Gucci loafers / Missoma x Lucy Williams necklace

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Sunday, 17 June 2018

BLUEBELLS


A short but sweet outfit post today because I have truly struggled to find the time to sit down and let the creative juices flow to write this week. Nevertheless, I rediscovered this Topshop dress whilst I was doing my annual spring clean and realised that I'd never photographed it before, a status which would surely have to be amended seeing how much of a beauty it is. I am trying not to be such a hoarder though so regardless of how much it pains me to part with it, it will most likely be going up on my Depop sooner than later. 

Part of the reason I've had so little free time is because my family are currently here for Eid. Eid Mubarak to all of you who are celebrating this weekend! We cooked up a traditional Indonesian feast on the Friday though we didn't have the skills to make the woven leaf pouches for ketupat so our rice dumplings basically resembled lontong instead, haha. Also this weekend (might as well have a little catch up while we're at it) I went to a 25th anniversary screening of The Piano. It's one of my all time favourite films but I never had the chance to see it on a big screen as it came out before I was born. Safe to say nothing really beats a cinema experience. I cried during scenes I never usually tear up at, the cinematography and music were all encompassing. It was definitely an experience I'm grateful to have had. And then today is Father's Day of course! It's the first time my dad's in London on the date so we're going to go out for a special lunch at one of his favourite Japanese restaurants. Wishing you all a fantastic Eid and Father's Day celebrations and I'll talk to you in my next post (hopefully on a much more riveting topic)!

Topshop dress (old) / ASOS brogues / Clutch (gift from a friend)

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Sunday, 10 June 2018

HOW TO CLASH PRINTS LIKE A PRO


Ahh, the art of print clashing. It undoubtedly makes a big fashion statement and is also a great way to transform outdated solo pieces into new, refreshing ensembles. I'm by no means a self-confessed master but seeing as I do enjoy a good print clash, I thought I'd dish out some of my tips to those of you who might feel a little intimidated by mixing prints.


1. Clash with stripes
This has got to be my favourite way to clash. It's completely failsafe as stripes are the ultimate clashing tie-together. The simple hard lines mute and draw the eye away from the other feature pattern, regardless of how attention seeking it is. This gives the combination the perfect balance. Stripes on their own can be a fairly plain look. By clashing with a print, the ol' stripes suddenly gain new flavour and becomes the hero of the ensemble.

2. Keep the clash in the same theme
A blizzard on a desert island would melt quickly, so unless you're absolutely fashion fearless, don't go trying to match snowflakes with palm trees. Keep the prints from the same inspiration. Florals of different varieties (super inspired by Bex Robb's look here), a mash up of tribal prints and block colours are all good options. Best to be cautious with clashing different animal prints though, lest you end up in 'crazy cat lady' territory.


3. Use complimentary colours
Look at the colour wheel, match up opposite shades and use them to draw inspiration from clashes that are harmonious in their colour palette. Very aesthetically pleasing. Similarly, pairing a coloured print with a black and white print also does the job.

4. Separate the clash with a strong belt
A strong belt will act as a border between your clashing prints, so they can each have their moment without stepping on the other's toes. 


Daisy Street jumper / Topshop jeans / Gucci bag / Lazy Oaf x Dr Martens boots


5. Own it
If you're uncertain the clash works but you like what you see in the mirror, just go for it! Trust your eye and your creativity. The aim of clashing is to garner attention anyway and assert the bold side to your style. So go big or go home.

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Sunday, 3 June 2018

THE GINGHAM JUMPSUIT


No, I did not need another gingham and bardot number in my possession but when I tried on this jumpsuit from Topshop, it was pretty much love at first sight and there was just no way that it wasn't coming home with me. The cheesecloth material is so light and pleasant for these humid days we've been having and I love the cut of it throughout the body, it's super flattering without being tight and restrictive if you know what I mean. I was still on wisteria hunt when we shot this outfit but unfortunately arrived at this location a little too late and all the purple had given way to fresh green foliage (which still looks extremely pretty in my opinion). Kynance Mews is one of my favourite locations to take photos at as its surroundings change with the seasons. It's especially stunning in the autumn, when all the leaves turn red. I've not forgotten about my earlier idea to put together a blog post all about my favourite London locations to photograph, but I want to make it as complete as possible so whilst it's taking a little more time, rest assured it is coming.

Speaking of ideas, I have fallen into an unfortunate rut where it comes to my blog and YouTube channel. I think it's a combination of the muggy weather we've been having (I know most people love the heat but I really do struggle to get through a regular day when I'm sweating buckets and getting migraines) and the fact that work has been quite busy so I feel like during the fleeting moments I do have time to write or shoot, I don't have enough headspace for it. Anyway I'm not going to apologise since I still consider this to be a hobby more than a job but it just feels a bit strange when I've usually been so consistent with posting content. The other thing is that since the blogging world has continued to develop, I've been putting in a lot more effort into my photos, writing and social media (I've really been working hard on my instagram especially) which in turn takes up a lot more of my time so I'm still trying to balance that with my personal life. Anyway I'm trying not to put too much pressure on myself because most importantly I want to enjoy doing this, whilst only posting content that I'm absolutely proud of. I'm sure I'll be rid of this creative block soon, it does tend to come and go.

Topshop jumpsuit / Shrimps bag / Miu Miu flats

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Sunday, 27 May 2018

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF LEMONS & MY FAVOURITE PRINT


"A thousand years ago, she had known a girl who loved lemon cakes." - A Dance With Dragons

A lot of people assume my love for lemon print stems from the fact that my favourite female literary character Sansa Stark has an affinity for lemon cakes. They're not entirely wrong but actually the main reason behind my lemony obsession is my mum. Truthfully, I'm not the biggest fan of the flavour or smell of the fruit but my mum being quite the health enthusiast that she is, swears by drinking a warm mug of lemon water every morning to naturally aid your digestion for the rest of the day. She's practically been doing this since before I was born and when I grew up she encouraged me to do the same. Admittedly I'm not yet as disciplined as her (she's never skipped a morning and even has to have lemons stocked in her hotel room when travelling) but everything about the yellow citrus (including the fragrance) reminds me of her. It's become such an intrinsic part of my mum that most of her friends and family either have her listed as "Lemons" or "Auntie Lemons" on their mobile devices, haha. 

These two factors have developed the safe and happy feeling I get whenever I wear anything with a lemon on it, and thankfully this print is still going strong after it's major appearance in Dolce & Gabbana's Summer 2016 Orange County collection. I feel like it's such a fresh (no pun intended) vibe for the warmer weather and each year I find a new lemon item of clothing squeezes (ok stop it Andini) its way into my over-packed wardrobe. This summer it comes in the form of this cute and comfy bardot dress that ASOS now stock in a myriad of different prints (for just £18 each) if lemons aren't really your thing. 

ASOS dress / Cult Gaia bag / Miu Miu shoes

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