Style File – The favourite statement scarf

Style File – The favourite statement scarf

Now with the winter nights drawing in and the weather up here in Glasgow taking the turn, it is defiantly time to crack out the winter warming scarfs. (As if I am someone who doesn’t wear a scarf the whole yeah round.) So taking the opportunity when the weather wasn’t blowing a gail or raining horizontally to go out and take a couple of pics of probably my favorite scarf (big claim for me!) 

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To make it on the podium of favourite this has been a long suffering scarf of mine being one of the ones which started the whole obsession off all those years ago. Many a day has this warmed, tended to my neck and completed an outfit in one fail swoop. The 2 main things which made me fall in love with this one is the pattern and the size of it. Being a lover of a simple black and white pattern this was defiantly the first thing that caught my eye with this one. I also simply love the zig zag effect pattern which it is made up from. The uncomplicated repeat makes it worked wrapped around the neck or just hung around to flow downwards. I love how this scarf can instantly lived up a plain outfit just with monochrome without having to try and work with colour which as you know for me can be a struggle. Also with being a rather simple regular pattern it is easy to wear with other patterns, colours (and especially lipstick). Sometimes a simple black and white can be more eye catching and striking than colour. This one has also been my most commented scarf on over the years which has got to mean something right?  

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With now starting uni and finding out a lot more about weave, the process and the result you can get, I have a new appreciation of the designing and effort which went in to making this scarf (thank you Mr H&M). 

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Now to everyone who say ‘wow its so big, its like a blanket’ yes I do realise it is rather big but to all those short haired girls out there who feel the cold, sometimes we need a little bit more insulation around the old neck area (and with the fact it plainly looks cool, but thats always the excuse that we give ;) ). Too many times over my life I have looked at a picnic blanket or rug and wondered how good it would look as a scarf, but don’t worry, I haven’t started disturbing happy picnicking families in order to steal me a brand new fashion accessory. To be honest, this was one which I actually owned for quite sometime before I got the balls to wear it due to it being so big. At one point I was even going to make an effort to somehow cut it in half and sew it smaller (??) but thank god I changed my mind from that idea. Now just look how times have changed.

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It disappoints me that it is starting to wear out a bit, getting bobbley and a bit scruffy round the edges that it has got to the stage where I have been tempted to upgrade to a new model (the shock and horror) with there being so many black and white scarfs around in the shops at the moment, however I do think it should have plenty of life in it yet! 

So combining the pattern, the warmth and the general loveliness of it, this is what has got it to the place of my favourite.  

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With mine having gone out of the shops years ago I managed to find 2 very similar ones currently available both from mango. Mango at the moment have currently got a brilliant collection of scarfs out with me being far too temped to buy so many of them but did restrain myself (well…ish) Both of these are a lovely black and white woven effect with a simular zig zag pattern, with the second being surprisingly similar to my own.  If your looking for a new scarf this winter i’d defiantly give mango a good browse. 

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Also wearing: 

Dark navy coat – Zara (actually a charity shop) 

Black ripped jeans – Topshop 

Floral orange cami top -Urban Outfitters 

Black long sleeved top – Primark 

Lipstick –  Mac – Retro matte All fired up

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Designer Focus on Archie Mac Ldn

SPOTLIGHT ON: Designer Focus on Archie Mac Ldn

Now if it is bright and colourful, like a magpie to a milk bottle top, I will be flocking towards it at high speed. Hence the reason that I have chosen Archie Mac London for my first Designer Focus post. 

With bold, abstract and kaleidoscope effect designs the brand really is one that you won’t be able to walk past on a shelf in a hurry. 

Archie Mac London (AML) was set up by self taught designer Robyn Parker. After going back to college to try and find her creative path and inspired by her granddads old drawings she’d found (those of Archie McMillan – where the brand name was also derived) , AML was born!  

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This was another designer that I found while surfing the realms of Instagram

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All of her work is digitally created pattern designs starting out life as photographs and then repeated and rotated to create these beautiful designs.  

The way I design is largely a process of repetition and rotation. I think this comes from a real curiosity with seeing how patterns are formed within our universe. I’m fascinated by sacred geometry and fractals, and the patterns that appear in nature. The process of sort of kaleidoscoping an image leads to my designs all having something hidden in them.’’ 

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The kaleidoscope effect is one of my favourite elements within her work, as she mentioned, almost emulating the patterns found within semi precious stone and fossils. With being a lover of semi precious jewllery it makes a lot of sense that this is a reason I love it.  However I was most intrigued to find out that is wasn’t paintings or drawings or nature photographs she used to create these designs. With her current collection all based around children toys and childhood objects it is only when you look at the designs up close that you notice it is objects such as barbie dolls and toy robots that have been repeated and rotated to create these intricate kaleidoscopes.   

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I love her use of photography within her pattern designs being able to show so much more in print than you can achieve with traditional printing and dyeing methods. 

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Despite being rather partial to a kaleidoscope within my own work my favourite design of her’s must be the linear ones reminding me of aztec and bohemian designs with the bright linea zig zags layered onto of each other. Not going to lie, I’m rather jealous that these aren’t part of one of my own collections. 

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Archie Mac Ldn’s tag line pretty much sums up the brand in one fail swoop, ‘The Crusade agains beige!’ there is defiantly no beige insight with this line of work.   

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 Now the bright garish colours, funky shape and pom pom trim may not be to everyones taste but, if this the crusade against beige you are fighting, then Archie Mac London’s bright and explosive patterns are on it’s way to winning the war. 

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http://www.archiemaclondon.co.uk/things-for-your-home/ 

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Wanting/Wearing/Working Week 4 – Beach holiday edition!

Wanting/Wearing/Working Week 4 – Beach holiday edition!

This week, inspired by my little 3 day holiday to Norfolk, (yes 3 days to me does count as a holiday) I have done a specialised seaside edition of this weeks Wanting/Wearing/Working post.   

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Wanting – Interior designer and Illustrator Jessica Hogarth 

Now instead of fabric print design, with surface pattern design stretching beyond the bounds of fabric, this week I have chosen to focus on the work of Illustrator Jessica Hogarth. As someone who has spent many a family holiday walking along windy beaches in the pouring rain her beautiful illustrative prints of seaside towns put a bright and colourful portrait of our beloved seaside towns and let you believe that sometimes the sun does come out.    

I first discovered her work many months ago when scrawling through Instagram looking for inspiration for my own work and with the beautiful weather and the glorious scenery in Norfolk, it reminded instantly of her work. Now her style is rather different to mine with it being solely illustrative and using whole landscapes and scenes for her drawings but it being different to my work is a reason I think why I love is so much due to knowing I would be hopeless if I wanted to create something similar. One of the things I love about it the most is the simplicity of it, the simple squares and lines put together to create beautiful boats and houses and beach huts which seems so effortlessly drawn but knowing that a lot of time and effort has gone in to making each one perfect. The bright block primary colours which she has used to fill in the designs also add to the simplicity of it with no complicated shading or photographic images, just bold and exciting colours to draw your eyes in. But to contradict that, I it is the colour which adds a lot of the detail to the prints with the stripy beach huts and coloured house roof tops. Looking at it, it seems so simple and replicable, but I’m sure with all the time and effort put into each design, she makes it look easier than it is. 

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With the sea side known for being full of colourful houses and boats her style of working is perfectly portrays this. She has definitely honed and created her own individual style of working and made her stamp upon the interior design world with her stylish wall paper and cute tea towels and coasters.  

Over the years I have seem many different seaside illustrations and paintings but I think her work is defiantly my favourite I have come across. Her work doesn’t just continue on a seaside theme but consists of many different prints and illustrations all as lovely as on another.   

Weather you live by the sea or in inner city London, I think her work would defiantly help make your house into a home or her greetings cards I’m sure would cheer up a loved ones day.  

Who knew a group of plain white houses could look so pretty 

Jessica’s work is available to purchase online at her website: http://jessicahogarth.com/ 

Wearing (well viewing at least) –  

This week due to the beautiful scenery I was surrounded by in Norfolk,surprisingly with the rest of the country seeming to be getting a lashing from the rain, instead of the usual outfit post I’ve decided to do what all Grandad’s do best and that is show some of the old holiday snaps. (yes still persisting that it was a holiday) 

Despite the weather being nearly 30 degrees, I lived up to true form and didn’t venture too far away from my black comfort zone but, somehow did manage to ditch the scarf! (desperate times call for desperate measures). Now as as beautiful as the sunset behind me was, in terms of seeing what I was wearing its rather impractical, but you can slightly see. After a long day roaming around Cromer and relaxing on the beach I decided to crack out the comfortable mom jeans (which you will know I love if you have read my last post all about them, hint hint ;) ) this time in black and paired them with a loose fitting cropped black blouse with floral pattern. Now its probably useless me talking about it due to the fact you can barely see it but I love the cute little red and yellow flower pattern with spots which is printed on this blouse. With it being quite small and discreet it makes it easy to wear along side any other items however adds a nice bit of interest to an otherwise plain black blouse.Pairing it with the mom jeans make this outfit fell nicely thrown on and vintage which is a style which I am currently loving. This was perfect in the evening with the weather cooling off and was very easy to layer with plain black jumper and brown scarf as the night drawed in.

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Working – 

In some the of the down time I had in the evenings in Norfolk, I couldn’t resist cracking out the laptop to continue with some of the work I started last week. Again taking inspiration from henna tattoo designs I started working solely with one motif I had created and started to add colour to it. With the print last week being mostly blue with areas of red, this one I wanted to make the opposite with red being the main colour with the blue accenting it. To create this I rotated the motif round in blocks of 4 to make one bigger motif and then closely repeated them together. I did two different versions of this pattern, one where the motifs are separated apart with a light coloured background and one where the motifs are layered closely onto of each other with no background separating them. Im not sure which one of these I particularly prefer, I think you can see the detail of the motif’s more in the one with the background however I like the compactness of the one without with the blue being the colour which pops out to you as if that is the motif and the red around it is just a detailed pattered background. These patterns particularly reminded me of middle eastern tile designs with the colours, the style of motif and how the motif is arranged and repeated.

Due to the fact I really love this motif on its own without lots of colour in it I decided to use it again to make a more simple, complementing design with the motif differently laid out and simply in white with a bright blue background. These two designs work really well together and are a good starting place along with the design from last week to start building a collection.

Both posts next week are going to be very London themed following on from my recent trip down to London ( I really am getting around!). In W/W/W you will be seeing some of my new purchases (of course including fabric) and some work inspired from all the lovely sights and smells (…well maybe not smells, but you get the idea). Come back on Wednesdays Spotlight On: for a designer focus all about Archie Mac London 

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