Tuesday, 30 December 2014
I'd never done an outfit round up post of any sort before but I thought, what better way to start than with one looking back on what I wore throughout the year? I've seen a fair few bloggers do this, picking their favourite outfit from each month and have really enjoyed seeing all the posts so I thought I would take a leaf out of their books and do the same. I was originally planning on doing more of a general '2014 in review' post but things got a bit personal and I ended up being too uncomfortable with sharing it. It also wouldn't feel right to leave out the not-so-good bits because it would seem like such a sugar-coated portrayal of my year. I decided a '2014 in outfits' would be more appropriate, this is after all, primarily a fashion blog!
So on to the nitty gritty, it's so much fun to look back on my fashion choices and see how my style has evolved through the months. In January, I wore (surprise) pants! Burgundy and mustard are still one of my all time favourite colour combinations. In February, I had just gotten my hands on this Meadham Kirchhoff x Topshop cardigan and paired it with a floral midi skirt. In March, I took advantage of the warmer weather to try this white on white look, with some bright accessories.
In April, most noticeably I chopped my hair off and wore another piece from the Meadham Kirchhoff x Topshop collection. In May, I had lightened my locks and had an unforgettable night at the BAFTAs in this sequin striped Alice Temperley gown that was kindly lent to me. In June, I was inspired by the 90s when styling up some of Primark's new pastel offerings.
In July, I channeled some bohemian vibes in this gorgeous Kate Moss x Topshop kimono and in August I dove back into my usual preppy style, complete with oversized collar and saddle shoes. In September I was super excited to attend London Fashion Week for the very first time and this 'eggs and toast' ensemble that I wore on Day 3 ended up being my favourite look of mine.
In October, I was over the moon to be shortlisted in the Cosmo Blog Awards and I decided to wear this vintage dress to the ceremony. In November I was inspired by an unlikely style icon, Paddington Bear. Finally in December, I went out of my comfort zone (by dressing more comfortably haha) and tried a more sporty, casual look.
So those were my favourite outfits of 2014, it was actually super difficult for me to choose just one for each month hehe, I've had so much fun putting together outfits this year.
Which outfit was your favourite? Also let me know your fav outfit that you wore this year and link me to it in the comments so I can see! Hope you're all enjoying the holidays and have a fab NYE! I'll talk to you all in the new year. x
Thursday, 25 December 2014
Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you've had an absolutely joyful day so far! I've spent the morning exchanging and opening presents and then helping prepare Christmas lunch with my family. I also have my best friend from Australia staying with me until the new year, so it's definitely been a memorable one. I thought I'd share some photos from my trip to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park a few days ago. I love going each year, even though I find as I get older, the novelty of rides and roller coasters fade and I'm drawn more to the twinkly lights, atmosphere and food. I never get bored of wandering down the Angels Christmas market and checking out all the beautiful handmade crafts as well as stopping by every stall with a chocolate fountain (I'll take anything dipped in chocolate). I wore this velvet peter pan collar dress that I've had for years but never fails to put me in a festive mood, topped off with gold accessories and my favourite weatherproof green coat for a very wearable Christmas inspired look.
How are you spending your Christmas day?
Monday, 22 December 2014
Primark 'The Hobbit' t-shirt / New Look collared top (worn underneath, similar here) / Topshop skort (super similar) / Zara cardigan / Topshop beanie / Zara boots / Luna Sky Dinosaur bracelet*
Growing up I was always more of a Lord of the Rings fan than a Harry Potter one and I blame/owe it all to my primary school teacher who was quite possibly the worst when it came to academics but the best from another point of view because all he wanted to do was read the LOTR novels to us for story time. Initially I had no idea what was going on or what it was about (I was ten years old at the time) but when The Fellowship of the Ring movie first came out I remember thinking that perhaps he was a pretty hip teacher after all and I should probably listen to him more. Soon my interest was kindled and while most of my peers were wistfully waiting for their Hogwarts acceptance letters, I dreamt of being an elf (the Legolas kind not the Dobby kind). Now that the final Hobbit film is out, I'm definitely sad to see the end of Tolkien's world on the big screen but at the same time I'm so grateful that it's been such a big part of my life for so long.
Thursday, 18 December 2014
H&M x Alexander Wang jumper / American Apparel jeans / Nike trainers / Proenza Schouler bag / Karen Walker sunglasses
Lord knows what I'm doing in that first photo but one thing's for sure, it's a whole lot easier to jump around in jeans! If you know me personally or have followed me for some time you might have exclaimed, "but Andini, you never wear trousers!" and it's true, the only time I put on anything of the sort is to laze around the house in pyjama pants. Having big calves and hips means it's usually quite difficult for me to find a good fitting pair on the high street but I have had these American Apparel easy jeans for a while, even if they end up sitting in the back of my closet most of the time, I know I'll never regret owning black jeans. This outfit saw me through an entire day on my feet, hunting for Paddington Bears on the Paddington Trail. I recently managed to scoop up this Alexander Wang jumper too, it was the last one in my local H&M store! I'm not sure how I feel about the scuba material but I couldn't say no to a good cropped jumper could I? I think I might do this sporty casual thing more often.
Monday, 15 December 2014
Continuing with my goal to explore more of England, I made a quick trip to Cheltenham for a Literature Festival they were hosting over the weekend. I didn't get to witness any of the horse racing the town is known for but I did get to catch up with Sophie who was going to do some poetry reading on the day. Sometimes I forget about poetry and am more inclined to pick up a narrative when browsing for books but hearing some of poetry's greatest hits being read at the event has rekindled my appreciation for it. A good poem is able to transport me to a certain moment, regardless of whether it's happened to me or not and that's pretty magical. There's a particular one Sophie read that I especially adored called The Knight's Tomb by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, it reminded me a lot of Sansa Stark who is not only my all time favourite female literary character but also of course the character Sophie portrays in the television adaptation Game of Thrones, so it was definitely befitting.
I recently invested in my first ever leather jacket, it's so buttery soft (I sometimes catch myself stroking it throughout the day hah) and I love the silver hardware on it. It's also shaped throughout the waist which means it fits perfectly! I'm so happy to have found one for my wardrobe. Also bonus points for unintentionally matching and being leather jacket buddies with Sophie on the day. I decided to use it to toughen up this dainty pink dress from Miss Patina aka one of my favourite clothing brands for cute vintage inspired pieces. Unfortunately there were no cameras allowed once the event started in the theatre but many of the poems read can be found in this book. It was really wonderful to see the age range present at the event with whole families going and even taking really young ones along. I think it's a great idea to introduce children to literature from a young age, and have their imaginations take flight instead of being dictated through computer games.
Are any of you from Cheltenham or have visited? I'd love to go back again someday!
P.S. Check out Sophie's cute tweet!
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P.S. Check out Sophie's cute tweet!
“@andiniria9: Reunited with the bae ❤️ @SophieT pic.twitter.com/B9deJVRdXy” forever yours 🙏
— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) October 12, 2014
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Thursday, 11 December 2014
Topshop dress / Topshop shoes / Chanel bag
One of my dream designer dresses would be that floral collared Valentino number that was seen on the likes of Zooey Deschanel and Alexa Chung, and when I saw Topshop come out with this inspired piece, I just had to have it. I was saving it for a special occasion and ended up wearing it to the world premiere of Testament of Youth at the London Film Festival. As may be apparent by my frizzy hair, it was freezing and drizzling that evening so the addition of Primark super cozy tights were very welcome indeed. I thought the film itself was the best I'd seen this entire year, I can't wait till it gets a general release so I can watch it again. It's based on a true First World War memoir and stars Game of Thrones' Kit Harington and Alicia Vikander (who I loved in The Royal Affair), and it's a really sad story but incredibly touching and inspiring, with a strong female lead character. Seems like a foolproof recipe for a most memorable movie in my opinion!
Monday, 8 December 2014
I'll be honest I was never really a bath person, mainly because there wasn't a bath tub in the house I grew up in and with no prior experience, I had this view that taking one was essentially like sitting in a puddle of one's own dirt. It's safe to say I have been totally converted, what with all the colourful new products constantly on display in Lush shop windows and the alluring scents wafting out onto the street every time I walk past, it seemed inevitable really. I picked out this bath bomb and bubble bar from their limited edition Christmas range because a) they smelled delicious and b) they looked adorable, which is probably the general consensus about all Lush products anyway.
Shoot For The Stars bath bomb has a very sweet scent that I first related with vanilla but reading the description it is meant to have the same smell as the famous Honey I Washed The Kids soap, which was actually the first Lush product I tried back in the day. Upon dropping it into the bath water, the outer blue dissolves away to reveal pink trails that propel the bomb around and around as it dissipates. The end result is a very pretty two tone effect in the water that mixes into a deep indigo colour once you get in. This bath bomb contains Brazilian orange oil and bergamot oil which made the water feel super nourishing and in turn made my skin feel oh so soft when I got out.
Never having used a bubble bar before I decided to crumble it under the running water (ohh poor penguin, I almost didn't want to use it at all) after I popped in the bath bomb. Since then I've found it more effective to just hold the product so that the water runs over it until your bath is filled, it seems to produce more bubbles this way. The little penguin smells quite citrusy and as well as adding the bubble to your bath, it's chock-full of essential oils. I loved both these products and since then have purchased a couple more bath products from Lush. I find myself making excuses to have baths as much as possible now, it's my favourite way to wind down in the winter!
What's your favourite Lush bath product? Leave me suggestions below since I am a bath newbie!