Wednesday, 16 August 2017

OUTFIT | CORSET


Not gonna lie, when I first saw the likes of Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid wearing corsets over baggy tees, button-up shirts, slips etc I thought it looked utterly ridiculous. I never really got on board with the whole "slip dresses and nightwear layered over tees grungey 90s" look either however there was a certain appeal to me with the first trend cinching in the waist, I'll always gravitate towards that silhouette. Many high street brands such as Topshop and Zara are doing this whole integrated corset detail into their clothing like on tops and dresses so it's completely fuss free whilst you can still achieve that super cool laced up look. Plus most of the sewn in corsets are just fabric without the boning so it's not too much of an inconvenience to sit in them or even eat with them on (though I would suggest loosening up the laces a little). I love this little white dress version from Zara with it's exaggerated puff sleeves which emphasises the illusion of an even smaller waist, such a great summer piece to just throw on. I matched the navy corset with one of my baker boy caps (I have these in a few colours now, they've been handy to hide my roots as I've been trying to decide what to do with my hair next) and am once again in my rose gold Stella McCartney platforms which have barely left my feet since I got them. I've a feeling they'll have a recurring guest spot on this blog.

Zara dress / Glamorous baker boy cap / Stella McCartney shoes / Daniel Wellington watch*

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

OUTFIT | CHEAP FRILLS


Oh, but where has the summer gone? I've really been trying not to complain about the complete turnaround in weather because a) this is England and b) I've never been a summer person anyway. Regardless, it would be nice if it weren't so darn soggy all the time. Cooler weather without the rain would be fab, thanks.  I almost forgot I shot photos of this outfit as I also filmed a YouTube video that day and when I uploaded it, felt like it was all done and dusted if you know what I mean. I was majorly into this ensemble when it was a tad warmer, the combination of the flirty, feminine silhouette of this & Other Stories top in contrast with light wash denim was just perfect in my opinion and finishing the look with some Converse high tops made me feel like some retro milkshake lady haha. 

& Other Stories top / ASOS jeans  / Chloe sunglasses / Converse trainers
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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

THEATRE | THE FERRYMAN AT THE GIELGUD THEATRE


I can't believe I haven't written a theatre post since March (and even then that was a sponsored one). I think that was part of the problem really, I fell out of love with writing about plays because I had a specific obligation to review them and however much I enjoyed watching them, don't get me wrong, and I'll never stop being grateful for any opportunity to experience more shows, it inevitably became a much more methodical process for me instead of emotional. After returning from my trip to Japan, I took a break from seeing anything for a while. I knew from the fact that watching Andrew Scott's acclaimed rendition of Hamlet only resulted in extreme fatigue and a sore behind in my case, somehow and somewhere along the way, the magic of theatre had been lost to me and that thought was extremely devastating. So I stopped going. I took a break. It's been a good few months now, and last night I came home from seeing The Ferryman at Gielgud theatre when I felt that long buried yet still all too familiar urge to talk about it – to write about it. About what I'd just seen, experienced, and most importantly: felt.

To begin with, why The Ferryman out of the other plays that are currently on, you may ask? Well, earlier on in the year when the play was on at the Royal Court Theatre, someone mentioned that David Dawson was in the audience one night and you're naturally inclined to favour your favourite actor's choices right? If that wasn't enough, The Ferryman then went on to become the fastest-selling play in the history of the Royal Court and consequently transferred to the Gielgud theatre in the West End. Oh and did I mention, the cast include's Dunkirk's own Peter Dawson aka Tom Glynn-Carney? Your gal is just a teensy bit obsessed with that film at the moment. I was already quite familiar with Jez Butterworth's Mojo having previously watched it's 2013 revival at the Harold Pinter Theatre with Ben Whishaw, Rupert Grint, Colin Morgan, and Daniel Mays, and also the 1997 film version with Aidan Gillen and Andy Serkis. The Ferryman definitely feels like a Jez Butterworth play through and through though I did prefer it to Mojo. For example, the whole political gang theme is back this time in the form of the IRA, but I found this play to be so much more dimensional and full of heart. 


The Ferryman takes place in the Carney household in rural Ireland, 1981, their large family (and I mean like, eight children level of large, wheww) busy in preparation for the yearly harvest. For starters, the ensemble cast is outstanding, I was especially impressed by the child actors in this play, in a constant flurry of activity and dialogue, I often wondered how they're able to remember their cues. There's even a real newborn baby on the stage a couple of times and he is so well-behaved, it's mind boggling. Some live animals make an appearance too, in fact just a few days ago I happened to hop on the tube with the goose who was on the way with it's owner to the matinee show. I've never been so starstruck in my life, haha. What starts off as a light-hearted and entertaining peek into their family dynamics is turned upside down with the news that one of their long-lost relatives has been found dead. Of course, problems start snowballing after this revelation and discourse breaks through the previously happy family. 

An interesting paradox that this play brought up is how ever-present in other people's lives a missing person can be. Also how human beings naturally long for closure even though the process usually only inevitably brings about more pain and suffering. The loss effects each family member differently and each cast member plays it to devastating effect. Paddy Considine (who I'd previously only seen on Peaky Blinders as a villain and is miles away from that role here) delivers a powerhouse performance as the father and head of the family, Quinn Carney (I can't believe that this is his stage debut, wow). Laura Donnelly (Outlander) and Genevieve O'Reilly (Rogue One) play the two central female characters whose roles I really can't talk about without spoiling anything but it was truly amazing what they did with them. Together with Paddy they explore the tragedy of unspoken love, an issue amplified in different ways by the strong supporting cast. For such a large cast, it's brilliant how important and impactful each character's role is. I mentioned the younger actors so it would be rude not to divulge a little about Tom Glynn-Carney's performance. Without any spoilers about his role in the story, he is a stand-out, striking and all swagger, a ticking time bomb that had me holding my breath.


I walked out of Gielgud Theatre that night with a renewed sense of marvel at smart writing and brilliant actors, The Ferryman has knocked off Angels in America as my favourite play I've seen this year. Running for over three hours with two intervals, it's a lengthy play though I did not once feel it at all which is a huge feat in my eyes as I'm usually quite a restless viewer. Their run has just been extended till January 2018 due to demand so there really is no excuse for you to miss this fantastic production. Buy, beg, borrow, steal a ticket. Go go go.

Tickets and more info can be found here.

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

OUTFIT | CACTUS


To be honest I thought this look was teetering on the border of clown-like for me despite just being another tee and jeans combo if you put it that way... regardless I had all these statement pieces in my wardrobe and I decided to be brave one day and just wear them all at once. Uh huh. Do you think I pulled it off? I invested in these Stella McCartney platforms a while ago now after I'd worn my Public Desire dupes to the ground and I have been absolutely loving them. They're a little heavy after an entire day out (probably a good calf workout on its own) but I'm happy to say I survived a severely rainy day in them meaning they're pretty waterproof and the sole has good traction. My eyes immediately gravitate to anything rainbow so this ASOS tee went straight into my basket. I wore it to Pride but it's just such a fun, happy piece to have in your wardrobe, even though it's technically not in mine anymore as mum stole it off me the last time she visited so this is probably the last time you'll see it on the blog, haha. I've been wearing denim a whole lot more recently, I feel like my style has progressed quite a bit from the time I was scared of them and lived in dresses and skirts. The trick is really to find your perfect fit and this style is my tried and trusted ASOS Farleigh, which I own so many different versions of now, this one is extra snazzy with it's frill detail. I feel like I haven't blogged in ages even though I've made sure to schedule posts, because I've been so busy with London Comic Con and cosplay preparations. It's been a rather exhausting yet super fun, non-stop week and now I'm ready to get back to the daily grind.

ASOS t-shirt / ASOS jeans (petite version) / Stella McCartney shoes / No Basic Bombshell earrings / Foxblood glasses



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Sunday, 30 July 2017

OUTFIT | RETURN TO OXFORD


These have go to be some of my favourite outfit shots in the history of my blog, taken on a family trip to Oxford back when it was a little warmer. I'd visited the city once before and immediately fell in love with the old English style of the buildings there. Since my dad is very much into architecture, the last time he and mum were in the UK, I thought I'd show them around the home of the oldest university in the world. The journey from London takes about an hour and a half by train so it's quite convenient to make a day trip. We set off early in the morning and though we had a relaxing day planned this time around, I also managed to squeeze in a lot of touristy activities in eight hours during the last visit (which you can read about here). This time around we started off at the Bodleian Library (you can only go inside with a guided tour but they have different types to cater to everyone's needs, the shortest one being 30 minutes only), before wandering around the city centre in search for some grub. Mum really enjoyed going into all the little stores, especially the bookshops and music shops as they're different to the ones in London. In the afternoon we walked around some more, looking at various parts of the University, through some of the parks, to reach the Blavatnik School of Government that my Dad particularly wanted to see with it's modern glass design. It was quite a hot summer's day so I wore this floaty dream dress from Alexa Chung's new line with a boater hat (which was only a tenner, can you believe?) to help shield my head from the heat. I would've loved to have paired this dress with a daintier shoe or wedges but unfortunately I'd just injured my foot and the physio advised me to wear trainers whilst it was healing. I quite liked how the dress + trainers combo ended up looking though and my ankle seriously thanked me by the end of the day!

ALEXACHUNG dress / South Beach hat via ASOS / ZARA earrings / Adidas Stan Smith trainers



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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

OUTFIT | ALEXANDRA


I've really been digging the dress and converse pairing all over again despite getting major flashbacks to my teenage years. I did have to spend every single day for the last two months in trainers as I injured my foot and I'm happy that their surge in popularity meant that I wasn't restricted with what I could wear them with. After recently falling for the wrap dress trend, I decided to treat myself to the OG of all wrap dresses, a Realisation Par dress. I went for their Alexandra style in navy star print though their backless styles also caught my eye (maybe next time). I don't own many real silk dresses so this one feels extra lovely and luxurious against my skin.

I've almost fully recovered from the flu now and have thrown myself back into a busy work week, and this weekend is London Film & Comic Con where I'll be attending and cosplaying all three days so I feel like I'll barely have time to stop and breathe. If you're going to be there and spot me in my Jyn Erso costume, please do say hello!


 Realisation Par dress / Fawnstar necklace Saint Laurent sunglasses / Converse trainers


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