Thursday, 17 April 2014

i take my aim and i fake my words, i'm just your long time curse

This is the outfit that I wore on the last day of term. I threw it together with a sort of grannyish, neutral theme in mind but didn't give it much thought. I wasn't planning on photographing it until I bumped into Antonio on the way to school and he said he'd seen my Tweet about how I wanted to start dressing weirder for school and he could tell. That wasn't exactly what he said because I just made him sound really mean but I cannot remember his exact words. Anyway, it was a compliment and comments like that are indicative of whether or not I should post said outfits on here.

I am wearing a cardigan from Warehouse,  necklace from Primark, shirt from H&M, thrifted skirt and boots from Boohoo. I tend to look forward to the last day of term because in the past it has meant Easter eggs being handed round, a more relaxed attitude in lessons and an excited atmosphere. However, this year there was none of that and I had double history in the afternoon. Ew. All the teachers were like 'have a nice holiday jk looolll have a nice time revising.'

I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be doing with my hair in the above photo but I thought I'd ~mix it up a little. Someone said to me like 2 years ago that they can always tell it's me in an outfit photo because I'm always doing the hand-on-hip-leg-out-eye-down pose. I still do that pose all the time.

And here I look like a lifelong heroin addict wahey. It was the end of term and that is also responsible for the disgusted facial expression. I haven't gotten any less tired since the end of term. I've been lying in but staying up late and spending the days revising. Yesterday I got up early to go to a spinning class at the gym then I took my dog for a walk and later went for afternoon tea with my mum and my grandma. It was lovely. I have some photographs of the tea room and the tea itself on my Instagram. I swear I have never drunk so much  jasmine tea in such a short amount of time in my life.

When I think of wearing neutral colours I think of Ellie of Rose And Vintage. Her blog is one of my favourites. Here are some of my favourite neutral outfits of hers that I'm certain I was semi-consciously inspired by:

Leopard jacket alert!! I still adore leopard print coats and jackets (mostly because of Miss Edie Sedgwick.) I love how well coordinated this outfit is. The dark brown loafers are gorgeous, especially with cute ruffle socks.

My favourite part of this outfit is the embellished waistcoat. It finishes off the look perfectly, making it much more interesting.

This look is quite preppy. It is quite similar to the sort of outfit that I would wear to school. The oversized tweed blazer adds a touch of masculinity that is balanced out by the cute socks. I love jackets that are a few sizes too big because they always manage to look so carefree. It also looks like a boyfriend has draped it over you to keep you warm which makes me think of cute high school '60s couples like in Grease or something similar. Black trousers always look so much better when they are rolled up. It adds more shape and draws attention to shoes and socks.

This outfit is very gold. Again, the coordinating is fantastic. The textures of the materials look fascinating. They blend well into each other.

This outfit is slightly brighter than the others. White tights are something that is on my wishlist. I think that they will work well for colder summer days. Plus white goes with everything so it looks fab with patterns, like in Ellie's outfit here. The print on the cardigan is lovely. I like how the cardigan pattern is repeated but the pattern on the shorts is more random. It creates an aesthetically pleasing contrast.

I rarely write posts featuring two of my outfits but the outfit that I wore today fits with the theme of this post. Today I was sartorially inspired by Ellie more consciously this time, as I started this post last night.

Today was probably the least productive day of the holidays so far.  However, I did finish reading Bob Dylan Chronicles: Volume 1. I spent most of the day sitting on my bed listening to records and revising in a half asleep state. I keep drinking the ink from my pen and I'm balancing history books up on my head. I went into town and purchased A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby and Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant.

I recently made a playlist for this month. It's quite long so I haven't written out the tracklisting this time but it's pretty typical of me (The Smiths, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Bright Eyes, The Beatles, David Bowie etc.)

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

under the april sky

Collage by Bella.

On Monday I went to the 3rd Rookie meet-up that I have attended. As with the other two, I met some wonderful people and had an amazing day. It was without a doubt the best day of the Easter holidays so far and a nice break from revision. I hated coming back home but I was eased gently back into reality with a movie night of watching Lost In Translation and This Is The End and consuming 3 large bags of popcorn with Antonio.

Avalon's Avril Lavigne endorsed ice tea from Chinatown.
We started the day by walking to Chinatown where we roamed a few shops for ice tea and poki sticks. Avalon bought some Avril Lavigne ice tea (aka bottled sugar + water) before giving a rendition of the chorus of 'Girlfriend' in Japanese. We tried green tea flavoured poky sticks but they just tasted like plain yoghurt. Crippling disappointment.


Next we looked round some shops. I bought 'It' by Pulp on vinyl so I can now gently weep to 'Wishful Thinking' each night before falling asleep. We went to a shop with loads of really cute dresses reminiscent of Suzy in Moonrise Kingdom. Then we went to American Apparel and talked about how creepy the owner is whilst simultaneously admiring the beautiful clothes. In Rokit we talked mostly stood around talking about bands.

After lunch at Pret we went to The Disney Store and ended up in a heated feminism discussion sparked by the assumed gender roles enforced by the Disney merchandise (pink Minnie Mouse hoover anyone?) However, we decided to move out of The Disney Store when the topic of discussion shifted to pornography.

We continued our discussion in the park where we also looked through music zines we had gotten from the record shop earlier. We listened to The Jesus And Mary Chain and The Smiths too and it was magical. However, we decided to leave when a drunk man started talking to us and trying to pull his trousers down.

Eleanor and Millie

I adore the shape of Eleanor's sunglasses. She also had the coolest necklace on. You can't see it very well in this photo and I wish I'd gotten a close up of it (and of her shoes too.) It is a small cardboard box with a collage over the top. It would make a great DIY project. I'd love to make one covered in photos of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe. Eleanor's shoes are also pretty rad. It's difficult to see but they're covered in gold studs.

I love Millie's dress because daises look so great on everything. I actually recently bought a very similar one.

Nina and Avalon
Nina was dressed mostly in American Apparel and looked like a ~~plant girl~~. I love polonecks right now. I tried on a striped one last week but it didn't look as good on me. Pleated skirts and knee high socks give such a cool school uniform kinda vibe that I love now that I no longer have to wear a school uniform.

Avalon looks soooo cool in this photo. I love her sunglasses. Heart-shaped sunglasses make me think of Lana Del Rey. They coordinate perfectly with the tartan skirt which works wonderfully with all black. The black draws attention to the skirt's pattern. I love her bracelets too. One of them says 'Wolf Alice' but I didn't see the others. I listened to an interview with Tavi Gevinson recently where she said that someone came to an American Rookie meet-up wearing a beaded bracelet that just said 'poems.' I want to make a 'poems' one.

Bella and Imogen
More cool sunglasses from Bella. The first thing Bella said to me (after introductions) as we walked towards Chinatown was that we had the same shoes on. We had also both paired chunky creepers with pretty feminine dresses. I love the contrast between the two.

Imogen looked so laidback and cool. I really love this photo. Her jacket is awesome. I have a similar one that I go through phases of throwing over everything I wear.

Cam and I

Shirts collars underneath sweatshirts always look amazing. They look even better if the sweatshirt is in a bright colour with a cute cartoon on it.

I'm wearing a thrifted dress, tights from Topshop and creepers from Boohoo. I wore my Meadham Kirchhoff for Amazon sweatshirt and vintage Dorothy Perkins rucksack for most of the day as well.

The day was so great and I managed to mutually fangirl about pretty much everything/one that I have ever wanted to mutually fangirl about. Morrissey? Check. Patti Smith? Check. Jack Kerouac? Check. Tavi Gevinson? Duh. It was a Rookie meet-up.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

crazy for sunglasses

I was scrolling through the 'fashion' tag on tumblr the other day (a place I frequent almost as much as the 'Morrissey' tag) and reblogging the photographs that most caught my eye when I noticed a trend in the things I was reblogging. Perhaps it is because the weather is finally beginning to warm up. Perhaps it is because the 'Sun, Skating and Suspicious Substances' mix CD that Tallulah sent me has me feeling summery. Perhaps it is because I let my mind wander too often in History class to the days after exams where all my worries disappear and I spend day after day lying in a field full of flowers listening to Mazzy Star and Angel Olsen. Whatever the reason, I have found that I LOVE sunglasses at the moment. I love how you can put a structural work of art ON YOUR FACE where it cannot be ignored. Sunglasses come in such a diverse range of shapes and sizes but people tend to stick to the classic wayfarers/bug-eye/aviators/cat-eye when, in fact, there are limitless horizons to explore. Originally the title for this post was just 'CRAZY SUNGLASSES' but I think it's more that the sunglasses make ME crazy than the sunglasses themselves are crazy.

If it's good enough for Twiggy, it's good enough for me. I love the lips in the top photograph. I may try lining my lips with a colour different to the colour that they are filled in with. My favourite sunglasses, however, are without a doubt the bottom pair. They kind of remind me of chunks of cheese...

It turns out that my taste in sunglasses suits girls with green hair. Hmm...perhaps that's something I should try. I have no doubts about adoring the floral embellishments added onto the frames of these sunglasses though. Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.

Sunglasses look so great with red lips and perfectly sculpted eyebrows. Although, I am quite surprised that such specific details are noticeable, as what drew me to the image initially were the sunglasses. They have somewhat of a pineapple look to them. Mmm pineapple. Very summer. Such fruit.

Um I kind of really want to get 'FASHION' tattooed onto my middle finger. There is so much that is so right about this photograph. The 'Hollywood' hat is surely one of the great millinery masterpieces of our times. The crimped blonde hair is perfect as I am in love with short blonde hair at the moment but I'm not sure if I could pull off blonde and my hair is rarely (if ever) tame enough to look as chic as above. Circular sunglasses are so simple but often seem to make such a statement. I don't think they conventionally ~suit~ many people (they don't suit me) but they're cool and if they look bad they look even cooler because it looks like you don't give a fuck. The more subtle defining feature of these sunglasses is the pastel colours that blend into each other on the frames. 

These sunglasses are something else altogether. They are impossible to ignore. They are cat-eye to the extreme. They would look out of place anywhere (in a good way) because they scream LOOK AT ME. The thick frames give much more room for cool, quirky patterns like the neon zebra print. So fantastic.

I went hunting on and the Topshop website to seek out gorgeous sunglasses, that are currently available and affordable, to rival those above. I found quite a large number of covetable sunglasses. My favourite is probably the sunflower design from Topshop. I love sunflowers because of this poem and I want to get a sunflower tattoo on my wrist soon. I styled some outfits around each pair of beautiful sunglasses that I found. The following slideshow of Polyvore sets takes you through them.

I can never ever forget Prada's Spring/Summer 2011 Baroque sunglasses. They are such a work of art. It must be such a privilege to own a pair (although I would probably display them in a glass box to protect and admire them instead of wearing them.) Whenever I think of them I think of Denni from chicmuse (aka one of the most glamorous and stylish fashion bloggers ever.) The photographs in this post have stayed in my mind for such a long time because when I first saw them I thought that they summed up everything I want summer to be ever. They still do.

Johnny Marr has always worn such fantastical sunglasses. From circular frames to wayfarers and tinted lenses, Johnny wouldn't be the same without his penchant for great sunglasses. They add to the aura of coolness that radiates off of him. I've used the word cool a lot in this post but sunglasses are just SO COOL.

The ultimate, ultimate sunglasses style icon has to be Karl Lagerfeld the Karl Lagerfeld teddy bear.