Wednesday, 19 July 2017

OUTFIT | MALONE

You know the gingham obsession has ultimately peaked when you start wearing multiple versions of the checkered print at once. I was instantly attracted to this dress with it's haphazard patchwork of different gingham print sizes and it's off-centre, slanted button down feature. It looks rather crazy but in a subtle way if you see what I mean. It works perfectly for the British summertime and I'm looking forward to transitioning it into autumn too (yes I'm certain gingham will stick around for yet another season). I'm currently sat typing this as I try to come down from the high of attending the Dunkirk premiere (please do watch my vlog if you haven't already, because it was such an amazing day), but at the same time I'm feeling pretty poorly as I've managed to catch the flu. Thinking back, the last time I was sick was in February after the BAFTAs so I should've learnt my lesson by now that camping outside on the street from 3am in the morning doesn't necessarily agree with my body. Yet I'd probably still do it all over again. The way I look at it is that I should just try harder at maintaining a healthy lifestyle to hopefully boost my immune system. Anyway this fever is not helping me think so I'm going to leave this one short and sweet. I'm planning to see Dunkirk on Friday, the day of it's release here in the UK, and let me tell you I haven't been this excited for a film in a long time. I could honestly cry just thinking about it. It's the whole Inception/The Dark Knight Rises reunion that I've been waiting for. And if that weren't enough to feed my geeky side this week, Game of Thrones has just started up again! Aaaaaahhhhhhhhh *fangirls off into the distance*

Finery dress / ASOS hat / ACNE boots 




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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

OUTFIT | NOT A RAPPER


I feel like the slogan tee has been trying to make a comeback for a while now but it was the moment that Dior debuted their SS17 collection, the first by a female designer at the brand, with a white t-shirt emblazoned with "We should all be feminists", that the trend really took off, spawning apparel that signalled girl power every direction you turned on the high street. Whilst I've always been a fan of styling basic tees with a more statement bottom, they've usually been more of the graphic print variety (shout out to the pile of Star Wars tees in my wardrobe). I just don't think I've felt hip enough to walk around with a witty or opinionated statement on my chest, I'd constantly wonder if people understood it, I mean, I don't even get half the slogan tees going around nowadays. However, upon spotting this "I'm not a rapper" top on the likes of Kendall Jenner and Chiara Ferragni, I thought it was too funny to pass up. Especially since I've suddenly become a bit of a rap music expert (see post here and apply sarcasm). I paired the black tee with a gingham (surprise surprise, the obsession is still going strong) trouser from ASOS that fits quite nicely due to it's tie waist, even if it does remind me of a picnic blanket. Accessories-wise, I took this Porky Pig bag I found in the Zara sale. I didn't realise that Zara had ever come out with a Loony Tunes collection and I can't say I'm really a fan of the cartoon anyway but I thought this would work well as the 'nude' bag I'd been missing from my wardrobe essentials whilst still possessing that quirky edge I constantly crave. I've also massively been into statement, dangly earrings these days, I love putting on a glitzy pair with a more casual outfit and playing with the whole juxtapositioning. The only thing is, they do tend to get heavy after a while and my ears ache so I've been guilty of whipping them off and stuffing them in my handbag only half way through the day.

F.a.m.t t-shirt / ASOS trousers / Zara bag / Zara shoes / ASOS earrings (similar)/ Daniel Wellington watch*





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Sunday, 9 July 2017

OUTFIT | MARIE


Aristocats was one of my favourite Disney films growing up and Marie is my spirit animal so when Lazy Oaf released this top as part of their collaboration with Disney, I was all heart eyes. Didn't help that it was pink, you know all too well how obsessed I've been with this shade recently. I won't talk about the jeans and shoes because they've featured way too many times on this blog (I've even had to alternate outfit posts and stagger them out of chronological order as I'd be in the same pair of jeans in consecutive posts, oops). I'm definitely missing blossom season, I'm not cut out for this summer weather that everyone's been raving about, it's just too hot for me. Like I really wanted to stick to a weekly YouTube upload schedule and put up a video every Sunday but the fact that my filming room aka bedroom has felt quite similar to a sauna this past week has kinda put me off and made me a bit lazy. That style evolution video will still be coming (just a little later) and I might be at the Dunkirk premiere next week so I'll try my best to vlog it if I do end up going. Words can't describe how excited I am for that film seriously, Inception is my favourite film of all the time so anything that involves a collaboration between Christopher Nolan, Hans Zimmer, Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy is just a dream come true for me!

Lazy Oaf top / ASOS jeans / EMP Deathstar bag / ACNE trainers

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

OUTFIT | SUMMER STRIPES + A NEW LOOK

New blog theme, who dis? Adventures of an Anglophile had been due for a refresh for a while now but I'd been putting it off as I'm quite possibly the biggest html noob of all time. Admittedly tweaking my theme by myself has resulted in more disasters than success stories. Thankfully there's Pipdig, whose awesome designs I'd been seeing on all my favourite blogs at the moment and I decided if I were to finally take the plunge, who better to make the change with? I'm super pleased with how this theme looks and fits in with Adventures of an Anglophile as a whole. The installation process was super easy too, they give you step by step instructions or the option to have one of their team install it for you. I'm pretty sure they'll work on custom blog theme too. I really couldn't recommend them more! With the first unveiling of the new blog look, comes one of my favourite outfits I wore recently, Several people have asked me why I've been wearing my shirt unbuttoned and I have had to explain that while it's been all the rage to wear tops in a dishevelled and deconstructed manner, this Zara shirt actually came like this. I'd really love to be able to just push all my old shirts off the shoulder like this but unfortunately no method has them staying down for long. I first saw this shirt on a blogger (unfortunately I can't remember who now) and immediately checked both the Zara store and online but it was sold out everywhere. Fortunately patience and refreshing their site every day paid off though as it came back in stock after a few weeks and I snapped one up. I can't sing this top enough praises. Upon trying it on I found it to be one of the most flattering pieces I've ever put on. Firstly, the shirt is darted throughout the body so it really skims closely over your figure and you don't get any excess material when you want to tuck it into jeans and such. Secondly, if you have broad shoulders and shy away from bardot necklines thinking that they will only accentuate them, somehow the angle of this shirt's neckline is super flattering and makes your shoulders and neck appear smaller and more elegant. I decided to accessorise with some complimentary emerald statement drop earrings and slicked my hair back as it was the only way I could wear my hair during the London heatwave. Also I'm ever so flattered by all the lovely comments protesting that I did not in fact resemble an egg when I debuted this 'do on the gram, so kind! I guess I'm just not used to wearing all my hair off my face. What do you guys think of this shirt trend? I really fell in love with this particular top but I don't think I'll be buying any further into it.

Zara shirt / ASOS jeans / ASOS earrings (sold out but similar) / Gucci trainers

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Sunday, 2 July 2017

OUTFIT | THAT'S A WRAP

Topshop dress / Vintage hat / Lolita bag (gift from friend)/ ASOS boots / ASOS necklace

Dreadful puns aside, wrap dresses are definitely having a moment right now thanks to Realisation Par and the likes of Alexa Chung and Bella Hadid, so a lot of my summer wardrobe updates this year have consisted of several variations of this style. I had never been one for lower necklines as I'm not exactly super blessed in the chest department but after a brief foray, I've realised that this wrap around style is pretty flattering on most body types. The one element I love most about the wrap style is that you can fully adjust it's width across the waist and hip area ensuring a perfect fit. One consequence to this feature is that there is the possibility that the skirt flaps open in the English wind but just wear some cycle shorts (I tend to wear them under most of my dresses anyway, I've learnt the hard way from several unfortunate flashing incidents). As I mentioned in my spring dress haul, I quite like the look of these dresses with boots and hats to offset the girliness. Whilst this time I decided to play up the earthy tones in the floral print with my accessories, I think this dress would look equally awesome with some chunky black combat boots and oversized fishnets too. I'll also link some of the other wrap dresses I currently own as well as the ones that are still on my wishlist.





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