Thursday, 13 July 2017

FESTIVAL FASHION INSPO

When it comes to festival fashion, in the words of J-Lo - I like to cut loose. There’s no better time to experiment - sequins, trinkets, colour, glitter, tie-dye, star-prints..If you’re a fellow sequin fiend, look up London designer Ashish Gupta. I’ve been to several Ashish shows and they’re a riot of colour, fun and inspiration. On the high street, my go-to sequin supplier is Jaded London. I wore this amazing rainbow sequin bodysuit on New Year’s Eve and received so many compliments about it. 

It goes without saying, trinkets complete a festival outfit. I might be biased, but I think RUIFIER's Friends bracelets are the perfect festival accessories; layer up the colourful cords for rainbow wrists. Astley Clarke’s latest collections have also caught my eye – the affordable gemstone pieces will add colour and I am completely obsessed with the little globe motifs.

Festival beauty also offers an opportunity to embrace a fun aesthetic – I’ve just discovered a great beauty brand that is perfect for the season founded by Doe Deere - LimeCrime. Doe’s temporary ‘Unicorn Hair’ dyes are vegan and cruelty free, if I had bleached enough hair I’d be allover these (I’m so desperate to have pink hair, you can't imagine). The big make up trend this summer is glitter 'freckles' as seen at Dior Haute Couture. This is weirdly practical too, there's no prettier way to hide festival day-2 under eye bags! 
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Thursday, 29 June 2017

JUMPIN' JUMPIN' (AKA I LOVE JUMPSUITS)

Let's talk about the SS17 jumpsuit trend. I shouldn’t admit this when I have a fashion blog – but I’m fairly hopeless when it comes to assembling outfits. I have to think long and hard about what goes with what, and even then, there’s usually an element that’s off-kilter (generally the bloody shoes. Why the f*** is it so tricky to find the right shoes?) 

Which is why I’m very in favour of an all-in-one. Jumpsuits / dungarees / playsuits / boilersuits; whichever your onesie of choice, they are a failsafe purchase if you’re rubbish at getting dressed like me. 
Great Plains Timed Out Boilersuit | London Fashion Blogger | Street Style

I'm wearing: Jumpsuit: Great Plains c/o [in the sale yassss] | Lace up sandals: Boden [in sale also!] | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Chelsea Crossbody Bag: Loxley England

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

FEMINISM IS IN FASHION, BUT IS FASHION FEMINIST?

Feminism is in fashion - tangibly. With every high street shop selling t-shirts baring feminist slogans, Instagram is awash with influencers wearing their pro-female feels. It’s an interesting zeitgeist, given the fashion industry can receive a bad rap where feminism is concerned.

The Devil Wears Prada will have you believe fashion is a bitchy industry, built upon female-to-female competition. The relationship between protagonist Andy Sachs and her colleague Emily is fraught and wholly unsupportive, whilst Runway magazine editor Miranda Priestly shows only a small flicker of humanity as the book draws to a close.

The media will have you believe fashion is responsible for female body dysmorphia; fashion week wouldn't be fashion week without some tired criticism levelled at designers for sending gaunt girls down the catwalks. And the models are often stereotyped as half-starved characters with low IQ’s, exploited at the hands of the industry. The reality? In my experience, the above preconceptions couldn’t be more wrong.
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I'm wearing: Skirt - Havren (old) similar | Crew neck jumper - WoolOvers c/o | Glasses: Bailey Nelson UK | Bag: Loxley England | Shoes: Topshop 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR SKIN IN YOUR LATE TWENTIES

Last month I entered the final year of my twenties with an outrageously camp pink birthday party. Now, I have never been one to freak out about birthdays and turning 30 is no biggie in my book. But what I will say is that recently I’ve noticed some of the physical changes that inevitably come with age. Nothing too major, just a few frown lines and an inability to look anything less than a complete troll with a hangover.  Consequently, I’ve changed up my beauty routine and introduced some new products and rituals that I can definitely see are having a positive effect. Here’s the five changes I’ve made and some of my the products I’ve discovered along the way: 

REN GLOBAL PROTECTION DAY CREAM REVIEW | REN VITA MINERAL ACTIVE 7 EYE GEL REVIEW
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Monday, 27 March 2017

THE LONDON LIMBO: WHY LIVING IN THE CAPITAL ISN'T ALL IT'S CUT OUT TO BE

Are the streets of London really paved with gold? When I moved to the big smoke seven years ago I was full of expectation, with dreams to rival Dick Whittington’s.

The reality? Perhaps the streets of the City are where fortunes are found, but the rest of capital is more likely to bleed you dry than bolster your bank account (and on a Friday night you’ll find the streets of the City are paved with vomit, not cash money). 
Baukjen Brook Trench Coat | London Fashion blogger | Street Style


Sunday, 19 March 2017

9 OF THE BEST SLOGAN T-SHIRTS

Slogan tees are so much more than the some of their fabricated parts. Why? Well, I'm not a very cool person. In truth, I'm a granny pant-wearing, National Trust property-frequenting, chia seed-consuming all-out nerd. Which is why sometimes I rely on my outfit choices to conceal the geek that belies the fashion-referencing exterior. Now if there's one item of clothing that simply says 'I'm cool customer', it's a slogan t-shirt. Don't ask me why - it just does. So this season I'll be relying heavily on some wardrobe witticisms to transmit that sense of cool I'm a little lacking. And here's 9 of best slogan tees:
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Sunday, 19 February 2017

TIME TO DISCONNECT

Hello my name is Sophie and I am addicted to notifications. My story? From the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep I’m pressing refresh on a plethora of platforms. And the addiction isn't limited to my spare time; working in the field of Communications, I’m constantly connected, constantly watching real-time analytics, constantly chasing the next Insta-high. I can trace the obsession back to the moment I acquired my first iPhone upon the break-up of a long-term relationship. The empty void in my bed was filled with virtual distraction and a collection of cookies, and the rest is (browsing) history. 
London Fashion Blogger | Street Style | W00D W00D Disconnect Jumper

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

FIVE WORK OUT TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

The Bleep Test has a lot to answer for. Ask any millennial with an ineptitude for sport and they’ll probably cite it as the reason they skipped PE class for the next decade.  As a teen I always thought exercise wasn’t for me – it was something ‘other people did’. Then, in my early twenties, I moved to London and discovered I had unintentionally upped sticks to the sportiest area of the city - you can’t move for joggers and protein shakes in Clapham. And so the exercise bug infected me (albeit very slowly), but not without it’s teething problems. As a total novice, I was clueless about working out and made every mistake in the book (HI SPORTS INJURIES). So I thought I’d share the tips that I wish I’d had to guide me along the way: 
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Sunday, 8 January 2017

FIVE DATING MISTAKES I MADE IN 2016

My most read blog of 2016? August's dating post, by a mile. Post-publishing, several lovely things happened to me. I received a couple of job offers. I was sent some kind messages complimenting my writing (which meant the world, words have always been my passion). And - most encouraging of all - single acquaintances, some close, some distant, some male, some female, began to confide in me. When you're in a relationship, it's easy to forget that being single can be a lonely business, which is why opening the conversation, sharing advice, laughing at the disasters, are an important part of the process. 

I'm not sure where to begin when I review the 6 months of dating that followed my previous blog. It's been eventful, but rest assured my 'love life' (I'm using this term loosely) is as tragicomedy as ever. Dating in a small pool - (don't be deceived by square footage - London is an incestuous hotbed) delivers a plethora of comedic moments. In December alone I bumped into a grand total of three ghosts of my Tinder past - in the club, in the pub, at Sainsbury's self checkouts... if Dickens had been alive today it would have made a compelling narrative for Christmas Carol; The Sequel. 

And so to a new year and new chapter...although I already have a weird sense of dating deja vu - the characters are new, but the stories are the same. In an effort to impede groundhog day, I've put fingers to keyboard and typed up the dating mistakes I made in 2016 that I'm vowing not to repeat 2017. And if you're also single, hopefully you can learn from my mistakes, too! 

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