3 months, 7 days and an hour or so

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So Chloe, remember that time that you said you were going to take a little bit of time off blogging however it definitely wouldn’t be more than a week or two and you would be back on it right as rain? No?? Well with it having been 3 months, 7 days and an hour or so since your last post went up I would say that something somewhere went a bit wrong! 

However lets stop dwelling on my apparent inability to do a million things at once and on the fact that Fabric Forward is finally back down to business! 

I evidently decided that while somewhat melting in the 30 something degree heat in London that it was the perfect time to lock myself indoors, start tapping away at the key board and get this blog back up and running. 

 

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As well as some snazzy new pictures (I can totally still pretend that there is blossom out on the trees right?) the eagle eyed amongst you may also be able to tell that the old blog has had a bit of a re-vamp. As ever with me getting bored really easily I couldn’t help myself buy have a little re-decoration around this joint. After the probably 4 or 5 different looks this blog has had since being birthed I must say this has to be my favourite (she says until she changes it again in a matter of months). 

Anyway with my skin feeling like it is going to melt away from me at any moment (fyi turns out human flesh can actually start melting at 40 degrees, true fact that! – don’t say you don’t learn anything here) I shall keep this brief and return to my wild evening of being sprawled on my bed with an overheating laptop all while wondering how many grapes one can fit into ones mouth.  

Choa for now! (and hopefully won’t be for a 1/4 of a year this time!)

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Photos | Tom Flathers 

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Sparkly Leopards

Sparkly Leopards

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Yep now theres a title you weren’t expecting. Maybe just put it down to the fact I am running on very little sleep. There may not be any bejewelled wildlife in this post however I have ended up wearing something sparkly and leopard print at the same time and not on the way to a fancy dress party. How very un-me! I don’t tend to be one for a sparkle, at the risk of looking too much like the cross between a christmas tree and and my 5 year old self at a birthday party however in my new found urge to dress a big more adventurously (even if I have stayed within the realms of my beloved black)  

Before christmas in the shops you couldn’t move for sparkly knits and shear tops which despite my best efforts to make it work it always lead to me feeling far to dresses up. However some small corner of my brain  decided after spotting this lovely little number in & Other Stories that now is the time that finally mix up an effectively all black look with a bit of sparkle. The party season with all its glitz and glamour may be long behind us however thats no excuse for not being able to throw a touch of sparkle occasionally (seems a leopard does change its spots ;)

The fact that I’m wearing sparkles and leopard print has some how managed to distract from the fact I also wearing frayed kick flare jeans, another item that when I first saw in the shops I thought I would never be seen wearing. Denim is something that I have spent most of my life living in. From the bog standard black skinny jeans which have head my heart for many years to the classic mom jean which have become my new found love. However more recently I have been trying to be a little more adventurous within my denim choices. First seen within my Life in a Leather Jacket post last year wearing my beloved 2 tone mom jeans I’ve now followed the crowd into the realms of the kick flare. Part of me still isn’t a huge fan but after seeing these on Carrie from WishWishWish I was persuaded to give them a go and turns out, I love them! Being Asos own brand they were never going to break the bank on a piece which is probably only going to be a short term trend piece. 

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Christmas for the un-christmassy

Christmas for the un-christmassy

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Well for starters Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all had a good day and are still sleeping off the food comas and hangovers that you acquired from a little bit too much of everything. I can safely say having a day reserved pretty much for eating far too much food while watching far too much tele was just what I needed. 

This year christmas has been rather different for me. With being wrapped up in the crazy old world of Panto, working all the hours god sent up until christmas eve and getting back to work on boxing day, I was far more excited this year for christmas day than usual if for nothing more than a nice day of rest! 

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I would never usually consider myself the most christmassy of people. Don’t get me wrong I love the idea of christmas, spending the day with the people you love, eating some great food and getting a couple of nice presents along the way but somehow between childhood and growing into an adult the whole occasion somewhat lost some of its magic. Maybe it was from at the age of 13 being told by your parents Santa isn’t actually real and you no longer get a stocking or being given one to many body spray sets you seriously start to question how badly you must smell or being forces to watch the christmas day episode of Eastenders year on year (evidently I don’t have the most festive of parents!) Also with usually only letting myself vaguely entertain the idea of christmas until after my birthday is done and dusted (3rd Dec), which by this point advent calendars are all sold out and Black Friday present deals have been and gone I tend to miss the bandwagon. 

But as I said this year I have been determined to make the most of christmas, enjoy my time of to relax and see family and try to forget about the last stressful term and before a probably worse one. So I decided to put together a little collection of the ways in which this year I will try and make myself enjoy the festive period. None of these are going to be ground breaking, I’m sure probably all of you do this already but these are just a couple of ways I will be spending my christmas hollibobs!

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CHRISTMAS TELE

I really have been rather crap on the tele front this year. With not even getting around to watching what was once the highlight of my TV calendar, Strictly Come Dancing, christmas will be a bit of a shock to the system with actually sitting down to watch some TV on an actual tele! With christmas specials in abundance (outnumbered being this years personal highlight) and the good old classics being pumped out to fill the gaps (how can anyone not like Blackadder), its the best time of year to have a good old TV binge and enjoy watching Chicken Run for the 8th time. 

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UNAPOLOGETIC REST

Anyone like me who can be a bit of a workaholic, sometimes it is hard to completely shut down and and forget about deadlines and projects and what I should be doing next. But if there is any time of the year that this can and should all be forgotten about it is christmas. This may be somewhat hypocritical writing this now but just put dow the notepad, sit down, relax and watch that whole series of lost in 2 days with a family size pack or bourbons by your side (to share, obviously). 

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CHRISTMAS BAKING

Anyone around me who knows me will know that I am some what of a foodie. Not in the sense of fancy Michelin star restaurants with caviar and quails eggs but in the sense of just loving a good old bit of grub! With christmas being the one time of year when you can drink and eat chocolate before lunch time and eat cake convincing yourself that its healthy because it has fruit in it, I love to crack out the cooking equipment and make a lovely batch of biscuits or muffins for either yourself or to be a lovely hand made present for a relative. 

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SEEING FAMILY

Now I know this is kind of the obvious thing for people to do over the christmas break but having been away for the whole term without a reading week and working full time over christmas, getting to go home and see some family on christmas day is a rather exciting prospect. 

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EXPLORING THE CITY

With living in London there is so much going on over the christmas period that it would be stupid to miss them all. So on the small time that I have of I am determined to hit up the christmas markets even if just for the smell of mulled wine and gingerbread, visit Winter Wonderland to see what all the fuss is about and plainly have a nice wonder around the city to see all the beautiful christmas lights.  

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PHOTOS | TOM FLATHERS  | At Raglan Castle

 

 

 

When all else fails…

When all else fails…

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We all have one of those pieces in our wardrobe, the thing when the rest of your clothes are lying unloved and rejected on the floor after a manic “I have nothing to wear” session that we reach for time and time again. Be this in the form of a massive fluffy jumper, an old pair of Levis which have probably seen a few world wars in their time or a classic little black dress, we all have them tucked away somewhere.

Despite all of these being very much on my panic dressing hit list the one item which has reigned above all since its purchase has been this lovely vintage black velvet dress. It may be cheesy to say it but  with it being black, a shirt dress and vintage its pretty much me in velvety goodness dress form.  The £9 price tag also makes it all that bit sweeter with the cost per wear probably now being less than a tin of beans (and I don’t even mean fancy old Heinz).

With any completely black outfit I always try and throw in a splash of colour somewhere and this beautiful suede bag did just the trick. All my thrifting powers were put to good use with this look with managing to pic this bag up for a couple of pounds in a charity ship. With its angular hexagon shape (seems I learnt something in GCSE Maths) it adds a geometric edge to a pretty piece and adds another spot of interest.

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Bowling, and I don’t mean with 10 pins

Bowling, and I don’t mean with 10 pins

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There are not many times in your life that on a day out you happen to stumble upon somewhere which could have been plucked from an epic war film.  Unless said film was set on a tiny farm in the middle of the countryside (a niche they are completely missing out on) I can’t say this has been a regular occurrence for me. However while visiting the beautiful Loch Lomond the train rumbled through the small town of Bowling and we had to get off and have a look. 

This was differently a moment when the stars aligned in terms of happening to wear an outfit which managed to match with my surroundings. Grunge was definitely the order the day with this lovely brown T shit dress from Urban Outfitters matched with my trusty Topshop leather jacket. Brown is a colour that I tend to avoid with feeling it matches too much with my hair however mixed in with black in this fine stripe it makes it easier to pair with black (and theres always room for a couple of exceptions to the rule.) 

Visiting somewhere such as Bowling really dose remind you of some of the amazing locations that theses British Isles have to offer and right on your doorstep. 

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WHAT I WORE

DRESS | JACKET | BOOTS

Photos by Tom Flathers

Those matchy matchy vibes

Those matchy matchy vibes

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You know those days as a girl (sorry boys) when you actually manage to end up wearing an exactly matching set of underwear and you actually feel like you are winning at life and could take on the world? Now I wish I could say this was one of those days but without giving too much away, with my rather undesirable underware collection, mostly consisting of massive granny knickers (Bridget would be proud!) leave these days rather few and far between. However how could anyone not miss the opportunity to match their lipstick colour with their outfit?

Now I know this will come as a massive shock to all and at the risk of repeating myself for the 100th time but shirt dresses and bright lipsticks are near enough the only 2 things I ever wear. This maroon one was a new addition for me this summer. Its near enough a carbon copy of a black one which I have had and worn to death over the past few years so what better way to introduce some more colour to my wardrobe. The ultimate matching lipstick was the lovely Love Liberty from Charlotte Tilbury. I spoke more in-depth about this lipstick in my review of it linked here. I may have had a some what love hate relationship with this lipstick in the past but you can not deny how perfectly it works for this look.

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Pics as ever by Tom Flathers 

My Blogger Crushes

My Blogger Crushes

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Since my new years resolution a few years ago to spend more time reading books, it was going so well until these lovely ladies blogs came onto my radar. Unsurprisingly with being a blogger myself (surprise surprise) rather than snuggled up with a book, more and more of my evenings are spent trawling through OOTD’s, beauty reviews and monthly favourites of all my favourite bloggers. Its from reading blogs like these that inspired me to start blogging and youtube in the first place so I thought it only right to honour them in one of my own posts. 

Any big blog fans out there amongst you will probably know of them already however I still think their worth a mention.

WHAT OLIVIA DID 

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As the one and only blogger who’s blog I will check in with everyday, waiting to see a new post, I think she may win the award for my favourite blogger (its a very prestigious award.) 

Don’t know what more I can say other than just such beautiful photos. Out of all the blogs I have seen I think Olivia from What Olivia Did definitely has best photos all round in my opinion. From her outfit posts with an impressive ability to match her outfits to various doors around London, to her product layouts with more colourful paper backgrounds than a branch of Paperchase, whats more to like. 

Her style is quite cute and girlie so slightly different to me however, its great for getting inspiration to find ways of introducing this into my style (wishing I could carry off the red tent dress as well as she dose) and has definitely introduced me to some brands which my bank balance doesn’t like. 

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(also major instagram goals!) 

WONDERFUL U 

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Out of all of these ladies she is closest to my current personal style as a fellow lover of black and neutral tones and has probably been on the one to inspire me the most within my personal style. As well as her OOTD posts she also does beautiful model shoots with photographer Alexandra cameron. From swanning around in the sea to effortlessly lounging around in an abandoned building she definitely puts me to shame in the couple of dramatic shoots that I have done (coming up very soon).  Better get trying to find my room of feathers and lots of powder paint then.  

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THE LITTLE MAGPIE 

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I basically just love everything this girl wears! I may not be blessed with stomach that can pull off wearing a bar with a see through top over the top but I love getting inspiration from her really cool modern style. With her blog focusing solely on fashion (and some of her highly enviable holiday snaps) I know I’m going to really like every post she puts up. Her style varies quite a bit and changes from post to post but as someone who seems to stick to the same style most of the time, this ability to mix things up and still look fab is something I admire. 

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FREDDIE HARREL 

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Colour tends to be the first thing I see when I look at Freddie’s blog (think I’ve chosen some of the more muted down looks to show you.) There is no one else that I look at just to be cheered up by her infectious smile and bright and eccentric fashion sense. Her style is definitely fun and daring and an explosion of colour but in a very stylish and chic way. 

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And a couple of late entires..

This morning while just scrolling through instagram, as you do trying to wake myself up for the day, I stumbled across another group of lovely girls who I now already love and I felt I couldn’t not include them in this post somewhere.

I WANT YOU TO KNOW

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WISH WISH WISH

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SHINY THOUGHTS 

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Those colours though…

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JAZZABELLEDIARY

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