Dress down… Thursday

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5 for 2016

5 for 2016

So, what better way to start than with a Happy New Year you wonderful bunch! I hope you all celebrated in style by either partying the night away or with my chosen method this year, staying in with the bf, a box set of lost and some good old pork chops. What more could a girl want? Anyway, despite only being 2 days into the new year I know I am a tad late on the bandwagon of celebratory end of the year posts. 

I will be up with full year in review post very soon however today I have something to wet you appetite in a collection of my top 5 favourite posts of the year. With a whole years worth of content to go through, roughly getting up 1 post a week (I think 0 last week and 3 this week perfectly supports this point) it has been a rather tough decision with many I love unfortunately not making the cut. However I managed to narrow it down this final 5 either from either being some that I have enjoyed shooting the most or just love the results.

ISLE OF ARRAN

In an effort to explore more of my new surrounding, Tom and I decided to take a little trip away to the gorgeous Isle of Arran. Living in Glasgow you really didn’t have to go too far to find some amazing locations and this one definitely proved that. I mean its not many times that you get to stand on a beach with a snowy mountain in the background. We decided to both really test ourselves over these days with the range of shoots we did from me freezing my little toes off in the water for a dramatic True Detective style shoot (something I do not wish to do again too soon) to trying to become some what sexy in an editorial esk bathroom shoot. However I think my favourite of the trip has to be this collection of ‘simple’ fashion shots showing off the amazing scenery that we had to offer. 

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Take a look at the rest of the Arran series here..

PART 1 | PART 2 | DRAMATIC PORTRAIT | PART 4 | PART 5

BOWLING

Theres not many times in your life that on a day out you happen to stumble across somewhere which could have been plucked from an epic war film. Well on our trip to Loch Lomond while passing through the village to Bowling we did just that. My inner explorer, who of which rarely comes out to play, had a good old work out on this day climbing around abandoned boats and a rotting pier. With the sun setting around us and no lighting equipment Tom did a fantastic job of capturing this amazing location while I frankly stood in front of it looking grumpy. Well, some of the drama of the whole location would be lost if i was smiling, well thats what I tell myself anyway. 

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CONFETTI FIELDS

Ever since I started fashion blogging I think it has always been dream location for me to in the middle of summer go to a beautiful flower field. Now it may not have been the beautiful sunny day that we hoped for, with nearly having to give up due to a couple of April showers, in July, but the confetti flower fields in Pershore were a little Gem to find leading to some of my favourite photos of the year surprisingly containing a lot of pink, whatever next!. 

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NORFOLK

With this blog being very much in its infancy back in the summer of 2015, this year on the second annual trip to Norfolk we took full advantage of the seaside location to get another collection of lovely blog photos. I think it was always a little dream of mine as a kid to own a little beach hut on the sea, so if I can’t quite own then at least get some lovely pictures in front of them. Despite the sun not quite playing ball to get the sunrise we wanted, we still managed to, we still managed to get a lovely little set of photos despite me being some what blurry eyed due to the horrendous time in the morning. 

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MANCHESTER NO.1

With this post coming just at the point of the redesign of the blog I kinda felt like this was the premier post of the relaunching of it with its new beginnings as purely a fashion blog. Being the first shoot we did together in manchester it great to start exploring a new city and see what it has to offer. Also this definitely has to be one of my favourite looks of the year with this fab pair of jeans that I still cant get enough of! 

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PHOTOS | TOM FLATHERS

Life in a leather jacket

Life in a leather jacket

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Now I may not be a member of the Hells Angels and I definitely don’t have a Harley Davidson tucked away in my garage (as if i even have a garage) but it doesn’t mean I haven’t used and abused wearing a leather jacket. Since purchasing this little beauty back in the spring from Topshop, there has rarely been a day when I have reached to put on anything else. With it being in my favourite colour/not colour black, it instantly brings out that inner rock chic which I had somewhere hiding within me and probably makes me look about 10 times cooler than i actually am at heart. 

But never mind the jacket, lets talk a little more about that little interesting denim item I have on. As someone who for a very long time now has barely taken off her plain black skinny jeans and has never wanted to make a statement in the denim, thinking I really should not be drawing too much attention to those tree trunks. All in all these really shouldn’t be something that I am interested in however, some tiny corner of my brain (which definitely wasn’t the money saving part) propelled me to try these on in Topshop and I knew that they would fit perfectly in my wardrobe.

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Over the past few years we have seen jeans move from the pairs of trouser that everyone wears for practicality and comfort into more interesting fashion statement pieces. Be it flared frayed hems, all over embroidery or the ripped knee trend which it seems everyone and their auntie has tried out, the high street is still continuing to come up with new and exciting reinventions of the humble jean. Topshop has been somewhere that I have always noticed to push the boat out with their denim pieces, probably to the extent where some other brands aren’t willing to go.

When I first picked them up I assumed that they would only work with other plain, neutral coloured items, keeping it all well within my comfort zone, but since trying them on with multiple different items i’ve realised quite how versatile they can be due to being made of the 2 colours of denim that go with everything. This is the first kind of this style that I have seen around in the shops and on the streets.This may be because nobody else likes them or just because they haven’t yet to be worn by some A lister to make them the next highly sort after thing. Whether they become a hit or a flop I will continuing jazzing up my denim these jeans this autumn winter.

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Wonderful photographs by Tom Flathers 

JEANS: http://bit.ly/2dvnyZd

JACKET: http://bit.ly/2dKdfSP

SPOTLIGHT ON: OOTD – A Day in the City

SPOTLIGHT ON: OOTD – A Day in the City

Continuing on after my portabello market special I couldn’t help stretch the theme out over the whole week and continue it on to an outfit of the day post featuring some of my new favorite purchases from the capital. With staying in the Hyde Park area we started off the day with a walk around Kensington Gardens and into Hyde park where a lot of walking was to be had. Then we ventured towards The Royal Albert Hall then got on the tube to go to Oxford Circus for dinner. It was a lovely day around London and a perfect opportunity to do an outfit of the day for you. 

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I decided to make the scarf (which you will have seen in my last W/W/W post) the main focus of the outfit with keeping that as the burst of colour and keep the rest of the outfit to dark colours. This scarf I brought from a vintage stall at portobello market which I have a explained more in my last post which will be linked here: 

https://fabricforward.wordpress.com/2015/10/31/wantingwearingworking-week-5-portobello-market-special/

As I said I wanted to keep the outfit in the remit of dark colours however I didn’t want to make the whole outfit black and wanted to try and pair it with another opposing pattern.  

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Despite appearing grey on screen the top I am wearing is actually a very small black and white cheque. This top is almost the transition between a jumper and a top so is good for the autumn weather and this transitional period in the UK. Despite it obviously not being a colour it is a bit different for the plain T shits and jumper that I usually wear with its check pattern and also goes well with the bright red pattern of the scarf. Also its a good length with it being slightly cropped but not too cropped so it won’t show too much of your stomach with jeans. You can’t really see here but underneath this jumper I have paired it with a little plain white lacy cami top just to have that bit of lace poking through at the bottom. Now I love layering and its sometimes nice to have a bit of something else poking through at the bottom or a top to add interest and different textures to an outfit (and also warmth being in cold and rainy England)  

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On the bottom half I decided to wear my new Topshop black ripped skinny jeans. I will admit that when they first came into fashion I was not a fan and still in some cases I’m not, if the rips are too clean cut, too high up or plainly too many of them(would like to look as if a tiger has not attacked my trousers). If the rips is directly on or slightly below the knee and is distressed and sort of fraying enough I think the look can work creating grungey and distressed image. I think they work best when paired with quite simple items like a plain cropped T shirt or an oversized shirt or jumper. If put with something bright patterned and colourful it I think it would over power the outfit with trying to put too many trends together with the ripped jeans being quite a strong trend on their own. 

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Finally one item it feels of this hall isn’t brand new and never been worn before are my Topshop black leather ankle boots.Now the struggle is real when it comes to finding the perfect pair of black ankle boots. To me they always seem to be a bit to loose around the ankle, have too many zips, too much of a high heal or simply with my budget too much of a price tag. However with this pair, I may have seems to have struck gold (or at least silver with being a perfectionist!)  I had my eyes on this pair in Topshop right from when they first came out but, true to form with them being real leather the price was a bit out of my range so I left and secretly hoped that if i lost a tooth that the tooth fairy may have started giving out brand new leather boots instead! But unfortunately this didn’t happen but when I finally stumbled across them in the sale for half the price, there were coming home in my bag. When i’m looking for new shoes I like to be able to find a pair which I will be wearing until I simply  can’t wear them anymore due to them no longer looking like shoes and more like scraps of leather.  

I generally just love most things about them, the leather there made of, the hight of them around the ankle, the hight of the heal, the gold hardware detailing on the side and the strap detailing around the front. Now if i’m being picky I would wish that the side wasn’t open around the bucket area due to the odd occasion of pesky stones getting inside them (and also maybe the blisters they gave me on this day, that will teach me to not not wear socks int them) but on the whole a pat on the back there to Topshop!  

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The few accessories I was wearing were my brown T K Maxx sunglasses, a small vintage black handbag, and wide sterling silver ring, both found at Portobello Market (if you can’t already tell I really liked Portobello Market, I mean, i’ve only left a couple of hints right?) 

Photos taken by Tom Flathers

http://www.tomflathersphoto.com

Outfit details again: 

Jumper: Urban Outfitters (very similar) 

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5114466647771&category=WOMENS-JERSEY-TOPS-EU

Jeans: Topshop 

http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?Ntt=black%2bripped%2bskinny%2bjeans&storeId=12556&productId=16147715&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057

Boots: Topshop

http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?Ntt=black%2bboot&storeId=12556&productId=18395056&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057

Coat (hung on bag): H and M (similar at asos)

http://www.asos.com/story-of-lola/story-of-lola-70s’-faux-suede-trench-coat/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5694628&clr=Black&SearchQuery=black+trench+coat&pgesize=13&pge=0&totalstyles=13&gridsize=3&gridrow=2&gridcolumn=2

Sunglasses: T K Maxx (proper Rayban version)

http://www.asos.com/ray-ban/ray-ban-wayfarer-sunglasses-0rb4165-710/8g55/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5272423&clr=Brown&SearchQuery=brown+raybans&pgesize=36&pge=0&totalstyles=44&gridsize=3&gridrow=4&gridcolumn=3 

Scarf: Vintage 

Bag: Vintage

And thank you again to the very lovely tom fathers for the great photos. 

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Styling Mom Jeans

SPOTLIGHT ON: Styling Mom Jeans

The ‘mom’ jeans first came into fashion a few summer’s ago with revival of the 80’s trend and vintage fashion coming into the for front of modern culture. Now it may have taken me a few years to cotton on to the trend at first dismissing after feeling a bit frumpy and making me fell rather large, but after seeing too many people looking far too brilliant in them I made it my mission to find myself the perfect pair of mom jeans. 

With me being so down with the hipsters (well..hmm..) the one stop shop for mom jeans tends to be levi’s with them being the height of fashion of the era so populating the vintage shops around the globe, but with such a range of styles and limited sizes, vintage and second hand shopping doesn’t always work out. But brilliantly many high street shops have adopted the trend and produced there own versions bringing them into the 21st century. Also, with the style staying around for the past few years and others coming in and out around it, mom jeans have defiantly evolved, now being available with rips, holes, sequins, even pom poms to adorn them.

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As much as a love accessorising  decided to stay to the more simple approach choosing just a simple light blue wash denim pair. Now these ones are more of a slim fit, fitting quite tightly around the bum and the tops of the tights but getting looser around the knee and ankle to give them the mom jean style along with the high waist.

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When styling them I unintentionally decided to go full 80’s with this look pairing them with a short electric blue 3/4 length sleeve jumper. With light wash jeans already being unusual for me I continued to stray out of my comfort zone with the electric blue jumper. When Harry met Sally eat your heart out! 

Now, when I find something I like and which works, the idea of getting them in more than one colour is just too appealing. These light blue wash denim ones I found from H and M surprisingly with it being a shop which I generally struggle with their jeans with there irregular sizing. Not long after in a store of luck I found a black pair very similar in Urban Outfitters in the sale no less. Ive looked at Urban Outfitters previously for jeans like this 

They were a size too big but it was nothing a few stitches in the back couldn’t fix and if anything when cinched in with a belt, it adds to the whole style of it.  

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to tossing my black skinny’s to the waste side just yet, but my thighs defiantly heaved a sigh of relife after pealing off the skinny jeans for a while to be replaced with the airy and roomy mom jean!  So may rummaging around our mums old cupboard hoping that the jeans have not yet been a victim to the charity shop continue to go strong. 

 Photos by Tom Flathers 

www.tomflathersphoto.com 

Buy the look: 

H&M Jeans: http://www.hm.com/gb/product/45469?article=45469-A&cm_vc=SEARCH

Simular blue jumper: http://www.asos.com/glamorous/glamorous-crop-jumper/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4884187&clr=Electricblue&SearchQuery=blue+crop+jumper&pgesize=4&pge=0&totalstyles=4&gridsize=3&gridrow=1&gridcolumn=2 

Matching scarf: http://www.asos.com/pepe-jeans/pepe-jeans-geometric-print-scarf/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4877533&clr=Ultrablue&SearchQuery=blue+scarf&pgesize=21&pge=0&totalstyles=21&gridsize=3&gridrow=7&gridcolumn=3 

Topshop nude ballet pumps: http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?Ntt=nude%2bballet%2bpumps&storeId=12556&productId=18395820&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057 

Simular brown glasses: http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/bags-accessories-1702216/sunglasses-468/lexi-round-sunglasses-4096925?bi=57&ps=20 

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