Sunday, 17 December 2017

ST DUNSTAN-IN-THE-EAST


At first glance you could have mistaken this place for some medieval historical ruin in the European countryside. A location seemingly come to life straight out of the pages of a fairytale, as I set foot within it's towering foliage-draped stone walls, I was immediately transported into another world for real. This sensation was intensified by the fact that mere seconds ago I was walking along a bustling street in the London CBD. Then I turned a corner and found myself here. St Dunstan-in-the-East was once a church that got partly destroyed in WWII. Its remains have been turned to a public garden that is located between a cluster of office buildings halfway between London Bridge and the Tower of London. It's not swarming with people as it's a bit of a hidden location but businessmen and women who work around the area often take their lunch break there, which I couldn't imagine a better place to take some respite from the desk and computer screen.


I recently made an exciting addition to my autumn/winter wardrobe in the form of this plaid Ganni dress which is no doubt quite an investment piece. I thought it was a very "me" dress and loved it's vintage style contrasted with a much more modern print. I always hear people say it's best to splurge on more basic designs so you can be assured it won't go out of style plus you'll get your money's worth being able to wear it over and over paired with different things but I'm hear to argue the case. I'd been saving for this ACNE jumper I'd had my eye on for a while when my mum came across the open tab on my browser one day and commented "Why? It's so basic and so not you." The statement, though quite nonchalant at the time, made me take a step back to evaluate a little. Though I whole-heartedly agree with the other side of the debate, I firmly believe that there's nothing wrong with treating yourself to a special piece that will make you feel good, no matter how outlandish the style. After all, it is usually clothing that's more unique that will stand out and appeal to you in the first place and they are the ones that are capable of producing that irreplicable feeling of excitement once you put them on. That feeling alone warrants an investment piece in my opinion. Regardless, I'm enjoying this dress a lot. I love wearing it grunged up with some black ankle boots and a biker jacket. These pointed vintage looking ASOS boots (or my witch boots as others like to call it) are one of my favourite buys ever, so much so that I also own them in brown. Unfortunately they're over a year old now but ASOS have started stocking an almost identical pair if you were on the market for one.


Ganni dress / ASOS boots / & Other Stories earrings / Regal Rose rings

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Thursday, 14 December 2017

YOUTUBE | GERMAN COMIC CON & MEETING FINN WOLFHARD (VLOG)


A weekend away in Dortmund, Germany.


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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

ADVENTURES OF AN ANGLOPHILE IN RESTROSPECT


Recently I've hit a bit of a blogging conundrum. Naturally in the lead up to Christmas, life has gotten a lot busier. Last minute work has flooded in whilst I'm still behind on the Christmas shopping, an influx of friends and family have been over at the house (does anyone else feel guilty working whilst hosting people even though both parties have agreed it's ok?) and there are holiday trips to be planned. On top of this, I've been trying to maintain (more like juggle) a nice balance between writing/shooting blog posts and filming YouTube videos, something I still haven't quite mastered as the process of the latter seems to take me infinitely longer than anything else. But the real problem lies with the fact that I'm truly not sure which direction I want to go with this blog in the new year. I've been blogging for about five years now and though I'm quite confident that my writing, photography and content have most definitely improved from my earlier days, I can't help but feel the pressure to constantly up my game in a community that has become inarguably saturated. I've noticed that a lot of "fashion bloggers" now write lengthy, essay-like think pieces to accompany their outfit shots (which usually have nothing to do with one another). Before you shoot me down, I have nothing against this, I occasionally enjoy reading them in fact... when the time allows, which leads into a whole nother topic about whether people really still read blogs in this day and age. The truth is I follow fashion blogs for inspiration and I personally don't have the time and energy to read through five paragraphs of wisdom and advice every other day. Kudos to you if you're churning them out because there really are some incredible writers amongst there bloggers at the moment. Unfortunately I find myself skimming through the text most of the time. Which leads me to ponder, what have I enjoyed reading about lately? 


Two blogs that I don't think I've missed a single post from and have been following for years are WishWishWish and What Olivia Did. On top of their flawless photography, their content is constantly engaging and to the point, with the perfect amount of lifestyle and beauty breaking up their style posts. Their blogs are what I aspire Adventures of an Anglophile to be like one day. I don't want to complain about lack of time because I truly believe if I put my mind to it, I'm able to put out creative content without being a full time blogger. Also a newer addition to my reading list yet a fast favourite is Shot From The Street. I love how honest Lizzy is about everything and I feel like her personality plus her passion for fashion really shines through from her writing. Although her style is very different to mine, I thoroughly enjoy her posts and am also inspired to talk shamelessly about clothes and shoes and handbags, basically to be true to myself and write about what I really want. Which brings to light another one of my dilemmas...


Bella Freud x Fred Perry jumper / ASOS skirt / Brixton baker boy hat via ASOS / Gucci belt / Chloe boots / Louis Vuitton bag


wrote previously about how I always felt out of place in the fashion blogging community because of the huge part of me that is super invested in pop culture, films and fandoms. For a long time I wasn't quite sure how to mesh both fashion and fangirling into one cohesive blog image. I look at fandom bloggers like Dee who creates such interesting videos because she is so passionate about it all and to my good friends' Summer and Holly, who are possibly the only other girls I know who write about both fashion and film and do it impeccably well (if you know of any other bloggers or if you blog like this could you please point me in the direction). Anyhow, at this moment in time I'm finding it quite nice to continue posting my outfits here whilst vlogging my pop culture endeavors on my YouTube, I think it's working quite well and you guys seem to be enjoying both aspects. That's another thing that has been rather disheartening lately, I don't know if it's just with my blog but I've been experiencing a severe decline in blog comments which makes me wonder if readers aren't continuing to enjoy my content as much anymore or if we're just moving into an even busier age where people don't have the time (as views don't seem to be suffering the same dip)? The lack of feedback just makes me even more uncertain to be honest so if you guys have any input or constructive criticism whatsoever, please let me know. Am I just reading too much into it? Should I stop overthinking and continue doing my own thing? Or should I change the direction of Adventures of an Anglophile? Sorry if I rambled, I'm not even sure what the point of this post was, just some thoughts I've had about blogging recently I guess. Anyway, to top of what has really been a random couple of days (probably what caused this state of mind in the first place), this week: I've been retweeted by my favourite director, reunited with Felicity Jones, Mum came to London, I saw Gorillaz live for the first time in 8 years, my housemate caught Scarlett Fever, I'm going to the ballet, and then I'm off to Germany this weekend for Comic Con! I'll vlog of course, catch you on the flipside!

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Sunday, 3 December 2017

COSPLAY | ELISA (THE SHAPE OF WATER)


I'm back with another cosplay, one I feel like I've been teasing for a while because I've been working on this one for some time. I'm sure most of you will know how much I have fallen in love with Guillermo del Toro's latest film: The Shape of Water. Since I saw it at London Film Festival in October, my feelings for it seem to have developed from appreciation to downright obsession. Of course Sally Hawkins' brilliant portrayal of the mute janitor Elisa Esposito had a lot to do with that, if you're familiar with me at all then you'll know my penchant for quiet yet strong female characters. I thought it would be awesome if I could be the first to cosplay her but alas during Halloween I saw a girl on twitter beat me to the punch (unfortunately I can't remember her handle but the official The Shape of Water twitter retweeted her so you'll find her if you scroll down long enough). Her costume was awesome to say the least, a perfect recreation of Elisa's janitor outfit from top to toe, she most likely handmade it so all kudos to her. Because of this I changed my mind from planning on doing the cosplay on her janitor outfit to the red outfit she wears in the film poster. Having seen the film, I love the particular significance and meaning behind this outfit so I'm glad about my decision. Only thing is, there aren't any clear shots of this look in any of the trailers nor promotional photos and I cursed myself for not making more of a mental note when I was watching the movie. I remembered the matching red coat, headband and shoes for sure but couldn't recall any other details like what she was wearing underneath. In a stroke of luck it seems the actual costume of this look has wound up being displayed in a cinema in the US and I found a photo of it floating around on twitter. From there I could see the grey dress and jumper and realised that she also wore a butterfly pin on her lapel.


It was relatively easy sourcing items of clothing that looked quite similar on the highstreet. The coat is from Warehouse, the shirt (collar peaking underneath) from Uniqlo, the jumper from Mango, the skirt from Zara, and the pumps from ASOS. The red headband I found on Etsy along with this wig, which took the longest to arrive and is the reason why I couldn't put this cosplay together until now. Looking back, it's still too long compared to Elisa's bob in the film. I thought curling the ends in would shorten it and I didn't have time to trim it but I definitely want to before this cosplay's next outing. The final touch was the butterfly pin which I made using a butterfly patch from Primark which I sliced in half, painted and stuck wire antennas on to make it film accurate. And that's all it took for Elisa's look! However I somehow wanted to incorporate the Asset/creature/fishman because I think it's an integral part of turning this look from vintage lady to something recognisably Elisa (not that I was assuming everyone would know it as the film isn't even properly out yet). Unfortunately I failed to bribe any of my friends (here's when a boyfriend would come in handy) to don a full body fish suit so I thought the next best thing would be a little doll. I don't know if they're planning on releasing any TSOW merch but as I couldn't find anything online yet, I opted for this plushie from The Creature From The Black Lagoon from eBay that I proceeded to dye blue. If I were more confident in my painting abilities I would've attempted to put yellow details on his little body and eyes but I was  too scared to ruin it. Perhaps next time.


Despite how simple this was, it's one of my favourite cosplays I've ever done. Furthermore, when I posted it on social media and thought nobody would recognise it, The Shape of Water official twitter account, Fox Searchlight, Doug Jones (who plays the Amphibian Man in the film) all liked it and then director Guillermo del Toro proceeded to retweet it! I'm still so overwhelmed to think that they've all seen my cosplay. Anyway, I've heard the film is being released in the US this week so I urge all my American friends to see this beautiful fairytale, it's already cemented itself as one of my favourite films of all time already. Apparently UK friends will have to wait till February but it will be totally worth it, trust me!


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