Tuesday, 31 October 2017

OUTFIT | PUMPKIN PATCH


I'm currently typing this on my phone on a train back to London because I'm a terrible blogger but I really wanted to get a post up to wish you all a happy Halloween! If you've followed my social media you would've seen that I spent the weekend in Birmingham doing all things Peaky Blinders related so my only chance to dress up was my Eleven cosplay a few days ago. I did get the opportunity to become the biggest blogger clichรฉ and visit a pumpkin patch last week though (it was my first time ever) and I'm super pleased with these photos we shot. The pumpkin patch we chose is called PYO Pumpkins and is located in Rochester which is approximately a 45 minute train ride away from London. It was super muddy that day but my beloved ASOS boots that have accompanied me from vintage dresses to cosplays stood the test and came out a winner after a simple wipe down afterwards. I wore these new paperbag waist trousers that were even comfier than I had expected which I really rate for travelling (these honestly feel like the softest pyjama pants) paired with a jumper from the best high street store for knits in my opinion: & Other Stories. I don't know what drew me to this one first, the frilled sleeve detail or the bird print which coincidentally looks like a mockingbird? Anyway I love pairing navy and orange together, contrasting shades on the colour wheel always work a treat. Topped the look off with another well loved, older piece from my collection, this rust coloured hat. Even witchier vibes achieved.


Catarzi hat via ASOS (old) / & Other Stories jumper / ASOS trousers / ASOS boots


We ended up going home with four tiny pumpkins seeing as we didn't have the strength to carry any more or any bigger on the train. I think they're still chilling in the kitchen at the moment but planning to perhaps make a soup out of them tonight as they're way too tiny and fiddly to carve. Hope you've all had a spooktastic Halloween weekend!

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Friday, 27 October 2017

COSPLAY | ELEVEN


This is a last minute cosplay I threw together for Halloween. I actually hadn't planned on dressing up this year as I'll be out of town but I honestly couldn't resist doing the annual costume for the blog plus any reason to transform into a different character is so much fun for an avid cosplayer like me. In addition, Stranger Things is back so what better time to be the badass Eleven? I've had this dress from Melonhopper for over a year now and was pleasantly surprised to find that it had survived the move from my old place. It's not long sleeved like the dress in the TV show so it's best to wear it with a jacket if you want it to look more screen accurate. Otherwise it's really just a cute, smocked, collared dress for day to day which is right up my alley. The windbreaker jacket I found in one of my local vintage stores and I thought it looked close enough to the jacket that Mike lends Eleven. Knee-high socks are just sports socks from Amazon and everybody has a pair of white high-top converse in their shoe-drobe right? I also already had this blonde wig in my cosplay arsenal, though it is a tad longer than Eleven's, I think it still works well, especially when swept to the back. The thing I loved most about this cosplay was how simple the makeup was. Only foundation, no concealer (better to emphasise those dark circles), no mascara, no brows. Heck if you have clear skin, just forego the foundation altogether, you want a completely youthful appearance. The final touches were a drop of fake blood to the left nostril (this is actually the first time I've used fake blood and I just picked up a random one from Hobbycraft and the consistency was quite easy to work with though I learnt the hard way that this stuff stains) and most importantly Eggos! Unfortunately what would've been the easiest part of this cosplay if you lived in America and liked waffles, Eggos are nowhere to be found in the UK so a quick DIY job was inevitably on the cards. I printed the labels off from a google image search and used the A4 paper as a template for the box which is constructed from ASOS packaging but any leftover cardboard will do just fine.


We shot these photos in the middle of a grocery store (albeit early in the morning when it had just opened so it was less crowded) and I absolutely love how they turned out, there's an authentic Stranger Things feel to them with the backdrop and a vibe I've never really explored before. I admit it was truly out of my comfort zone to shoot in a packed public space (I normally try to avoid crowded places for blog photo locations and still feel super awkward when a random passerby happens to walk past), and even though we'd earlier asked permission from the store to shoot (I'd highly recommend this even if you're not doing anything commercial, just out of courtesy), I still felt like I was blocking people's way and that everyone was staring at me (which truthfully isn't usually a bad thing). Anyway, I powered through and got these shots that I'd had in mind done and it's the most rewarding sensation ever! I'm so proud of myself for conquering my fear and look forward to more creative endeavours like this in the future. Okay now back to my Stranger Things marathon! Who's finished S2 already?

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

OUTFIT | LES FEUILLES MORTES


Wheww, so after a week of daily vlogging and constant video uploads, it's so nice to be back with some outfit photos and just still imagery in general. I had considered alternating a blog post between each vlog but ultimately decided that it would be better just to get the vlogs up in a timely manner whilst they're still relevant. Anyway I hoped you enjoyed coming along to London Film Festival with me this year. I had a lot of fun vlogging it though now I'm quite keen to take a break from holding a filming camera and editing clips of my face every day haha. Let me reacquaint myself with blogging and talk about this outfit I wore recently, part Parisian chic and a hundred percent autumnal. On a stroll past Hyde Park I came across this giant tree that had turned almost entirely golden and the same shade as my dress so I thought it would serve as the perfect backdrop. I love velvet as a material, especially for clothing. It's both luxe and forgiving, a sumptuous elegance to the way it drapes and emits a sheen yet it's also super snuggly wand warm, the best of both worlds! I rejoice for the time of year when I can wear more of this fabric and incorporate it in all sorts of different colours and textures. It's also the perfect time to kick on some over-the-knee boots as it's still mild enough to bare some upper leg (on cooler days just wear some nude tights) yet not so warm that tight fitting leather is going to be an issue (that back of the knee sweat is not the one). This particular faux suede pair are relatively new and completely flat as opposed to my old platform ones that I used to wear all the time. Naturally this means they are really comfortable to walk around in all day although I still have not mastered the ability to keep them completely up for long periods of time (ironically this style are named KEEP UP on ASOS). I have noticed that ASOS have introduced an extensive range of over-the-knee/thigh-high boots to their CURVE range which are a godsend for chunkier calves. If you're a girl who previously thought you'd never be able to fit into over-the-knees, think again because after trying these on I'm confident that all sizes will be able to wear these (they're stretchy too).


Valfre dress / Accessorize beret / ASOS boots / Chloe bag / Primark rings


I shot my Halloween outfit today so look out for that next on the blog hopefully! Do you remember what I went as last year? I love any excuse to dress up as a character (coming from an avid cosplayer) so Halloween is always so much fun. Who will you transform into this year?

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Sunday, 22 October 2017

YOUTUBE | LAST DAY OF LFF + VENUS IN FUR

Oh hey Peter Dinklage & Aidan Gillen at the final day of London Film Festival plus I saw Natalie Dormer in Venus In Fur. Hope you guys have enjoyed my series of LFF vlogs, thanks for watching!


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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

YOUTUBE | SONS OF AN ILLUSTRIOUS FATHER (EZRA MILLER'S BAND) GIG


Ezra Miller's band played another free gig!


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Sunday, 15 October 2017

YOUTUBE | CILLIAN MURPHY & STEVEN KNIGHT PEAKY BLINDERS S4 Q&A


A break in London Film Festival activities as I attended An Evening with Cillian Murphy & Steven Knight as part of Esquire Townhouse with Dior.


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Friday, 13 October 2017

YOUTUBE | THE PARTY PREMIERE WITH CILLIAN MURPHY & THE SHAPE OF WATER (LFF VLOG #2)


Part 2 of my series of London Film Festival vlogs. Reuniting with Cillian at The Party premiere and seeing my most anticipated film, The Shape of Water.

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

YOUTUBE | PICKUPS PREMIERE WITH AIDAN GILLEN (LFF VLOG #1)


Had to split my London Film Festival vlog as it was too long so here's the first part covering the premiere of Pickups with Aidan Gillen!


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Sunday, 8 October 2017

MUSTARD


Okay, I'm calling it right here and right now, this is the one jumper you're gonna need this autumn/winter season. It's exactly the right amount of chunky and cropped, comes in three perfectly autumnal colourways and boasts a gorgeous tortoiseshell button detail that's oh so Isabel Marant. I picked the mustard colour but now also have my eye on the green seeing as I've gotten a lot of wear out of this one already. I've chucked this jumper on with blue jeans most often which has become my autumn uniform of late but this time I decided to edge it up a little as I was going to a gig that night. Pretty sure the burgundy clashes with my hair colour but I just couldn't resist going all out with the autumn shades. How many times have I typed autumn in this paragraph? Autumn, autumn, auuuutumn. It's my favourite season after all!


Topshop jumper / New Look skirt / Doc Marten boots


Today's outfit post is just going to be a quick one because I have a very busy and exciting week at London Film Festival starting from today! I'll be attending a few exclusive screenings, premieres and events, and will try my best to do a whole weekly vlog on it (coming soon to the YouTubez). I'm most anticipating Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape Of Water as I'm a huge fan of his films and have also heard rave reviews about this one, I can't wait to see it! Meanwhile, you can follow my social media as I'm sure I'll be doing loads of LFF updates on my instagram and twitter.

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Sunday, 1 October 2017

DOES WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO WEAR DEFINE WHO YOU ARE?



I wore this uber comfy yet super bright get up out and about London one day and two things really stood out to me. The first was the fact that putting on this cardigan was akin to being wrapped in a cozy blanket like I never got out of bed that morning. The second was that I got stopped a record-breaking number of times by strangers to compliment the apparent notion that I was very brave to wear such a colourful look. Which got me thinking, was I brave? Do you have to be brave to wear colour? I got this cardi because I love the way it looks with its rainbow patchwork and I chose to wear it that day simply because I wanted to. I didn't think anymore of it and I guess I realised that I've never been one to shy away from colour despite being a very shy person in every other aspect. Now that my hair is bright pink, it's made me even more partial to rainbow outfits because I think they compliment one another. Sure I get plenty more stares and attention on the street which should probably make such a shy person like me uncomfortable but on the contrary it kinda makes me feel cooler. I guess dressing up and fashion has always been one of the few ways I've been able to express myself.


I am grateful that I have the freedom to express myself through my wardrobe as I know not everyone is lucky enough to be in this position. Still in this present era fashion can be dictated by such factors like religion, politics, and family. Since this society is increasingly obsessed with image and first impressions are often made on someone's physical appearance, does your clothing style and what you choose to wear define who you are? For example I personally am a lot more inclined to throw on a bright top when I wake up on the right side of the bed and am in a good mood. If I'm on a bit of a downer then perhaps I'd much prefer to blend into the background and not draw any more attention to myself. I think the rise of bloggers and streetstyle has encouraged our self expression through fashion even more and that in the end in can break through any boundaries by culture, religion etc. Ultimately we all want to be noticed and paid attention to, this is simply human nature.

Shop Fluffy cardigan / ASOS body / ASOS jeans / ASOS choker / Gucci belt / Gucci loafers


Unfortunately there may be others that think we are defined by where we buy our clothing and how much money we spend but again, first impressions based on physical appearances are simply like judging a book by it's cover and you alone know the traits that remain constant to yourself rather than what happens to be on your body. As I have colourful hair, does that make me a punk? As irrelevant and untrue as the assumption that wearing Chanel makes me a better person than someone wearing Primark. As much as we tell ourselves not to, unfortunately we often still do, moulded by society and our own insecurities. Transcending this habit of assumptions and allowing others to express themselves by wearing whatever they fancy, is the positive outlook that will define you far more than what you wear ever could.

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