Now that London is pretty damn hot, I've reverted back to wearing long floaty skirts again, and I couldn't be more overjoyed. I love pairing beautiful floral patterns with a slogan t-shirt and denim jacket for breezier days. This vintage Laura Ashley skirt that I rediscovered last year has truly ignited a passion in me for floaty midi skirts, and I can't wait to show you guys my latest one (blog post coming soon). These photo's were taken by my lovely friend Sophie (she's basically my personal photographer hehe) in Kew Gardens after we went to see the Chihuly exhibition (which I highly recommend)
The weather has been relatively glorious in London, as of late. As I am writing this post it is 22 degrees outside and I could not be happier! It's as though Spring has finally sprung... so close to Summer. ANYWAY:
Firstly, the off the shoulder shirt/blouse is something I'm really vibing for this time of year. I love floaty sleeves paired with an off the shoulder look. This particular shirt is from Nasty Gal and I'll try and link one as similar as possible.
Secondly, the jeans. As you all know I have a real thing for vintage denim. Nothing ever feels quite as good or looks quite as good as a pair of old 501's, but I have to say, this pair of pale-wash, high-waisted Lee Coopers (borrowed from a pal of mine) are really starting to steal my heart. The slightly more tapered leg paired with the uber high waist is very flattering (and super comfortable) and what's brilliant about Lee Coopers is that they have far more space on the thigh than vintage Levi's, so I would definitely recommend them if you find a pair in a charity shop or thrift store - snap them up if you can!
Finally, I've been absolutely obsessed with these Saucony Jazz trainers that are a recent addition to my wardrobe. I first saw the jazz on the fabulous blogger En Brogue in a delightful yellow and blue colour-way (which I was never able to find online, sob) and then managed to find this super vivid orange and purple pair on Depop for an absolute fraction of the price (a tenner, A TENNER to be exact). I would really recommend depop and/or ebay if you're interested in grabbing a pair of Saucony jazz originals for a much lower price, and in rarer colours (this colour-way is also unfortunately unavailable but I shall link you guys to the official website if you want to have a browse at some of the current styles). They are honestly some of the most comfortable trainers I have ever owned. I know they're extremely loud to look at, but why not have some fun for Spring in some more unique shoes, eh?!
Back on the blog now, and hopefully with a bang! Been snapping loads on my Pentax, starting with these pictures of some new in bits from Lee & Wrangler. As the title suggests, I have a teeny tiny obsession with That Seventies Show at the moment. It's been the perfect distraction for when my mind has been racing after learning monologues or working all day, and I think what's truly reeling me in at the moment is the fashion, especially with Mila Kunis' character Jackie. I've long been a fan of vintage denim, as we all know, and Lee is one of the most well known and loved denim brands, having been first produced all the way back in 1889. On a brief trip to the London Designer Outlet in Wembley, I stumbled upon this gorgeous bright blue pair in the Lee & Wrangler outlet. I'm a big fan of flared jeans as well as straight leg, and what I love about this pair is the fact that it's almost a combination of both. The slit side pockets and, ofcourse, the eponymous black leather 'Lee' label on the back are also two great subtle details. I paired them with a classic red and white Wrangler motif t-shirt and a pair of all white vintage Adidas trainers to create a really casual, nostalgic look. And the best thing? The jeans were half price at the outlet, reduced to £50 down from £100! I will see if I can link the exact pair down below.
As many of you will know by now, I own about a gazillion navy blue or black roll necks - they're 100% one of my ultimate wardrobe staples because of their practicality as well as how easy they are to style with. I loved the idea of wearing the jeans with a navy roll neck and then a denim jacket on top for that seventies double denim. Kodak film doesn't quite do the colour of these jeans justice, as they're a much brighter blue than the denim jacket, therefore the double denim doesn't clash too much and certainly doesn't look overly blended when on. Add a vintage brown bag, and my black brothel creepers, and I think I'm set to go back in time.
Jeans - Lee (currently £85 online)
T-shirt - Wrangler (red ringer tee currently not available online)
Denim Jacket - Gap
Brothel Creepers - Underground
Visit the London Designer Outlet here for great deals and offers in Wembley Park
Blazer - Old (belonged to my Dad)
Jumper - Charity shop (belongs to my pal Gaby)
Jeans - Asos (old)
Shoes - Gucci (old, via Depop)
Sunglasses - Rayban
Earrings - Rock n' Rose
I have always been a bit of a bargain hunter, and for me no shopping experience can be as fun as thrifting. I was really loving my outfit on this day, and it suddenly hit me whilst taking these photos that nearly every item was either an old piece, thrifted, borrowed or bargained for. For starters, the massive green blazer, which used to belong to my dad; a great androgynous piece which is probably very unflattering on my frame, I know, but I don't care. I see blazers like this in charity shops all the time, especially in places like Fara where the mens section is really well curated. Next up, the patterned knitwear - this jumper belongs to my friend Gaby who is an absolute queen at charity shopping (seriously, I wrote an entire blog post on her which you can read here). She credits this jumper as being one of the first great finds she discovered in a charity shop, and I love love love it so just had to borrow it! Thirdly, these old Asos kick flares, which are so fun and a great nod to the seventies. I remember first seeing these on What Olivia Did back in 2016 and knowing that I had to have them. Places like Beyond Retro always have a great stock of seventies jeans, so you're sure to find a pair similar to these in one of their branches or online here. Lastly, and for me probably most importantly, these beautiful Gucci slides. I'd been saving up for a pair of Gucci loafers, but I was struggling to decide whether to go for plain black or a brighter colour. I then managed to find this beautiful older style on a whim on Depop for a fraction of the original cost, and I'm so surprised at how easy they are to wear and style with my wardrobe.
All I can really say is that I strongly urge you all to dig deeper when thrift shopping, to have a closer look at what you already own, and to give older pieces a new lease of life. Don't knock it til' you try it! x
After many years of drooling at the sight of this place, I finally ventured to Granger & Co in Notting Hill for brunch with a couple of pals. It was everything I had hoped for, and more. Although the prices are a little steep, it is definitely worth trying out and experiencing as a once-in-a-while treat spot.
One of my friends and I split the (constantly talked about) ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter, and the feta and spinach bourekas with pomegranate jam and yoghurt. Both were absolutely delicious and also really unique in their own respects. The hotcakes were incredibly fluffy, yet somehow managed to taste effortlessly light (seriously, they weren't stodgy at all and I was pleasantly surprised to say the least), and the bourekas were really good, especially when paired with the pomegranate jam (this dish was really reminiscent of traditional pastries from my home country so bonus points for it there!). I would definitely recommend both, and at such varying price points (the bourekas were £7 whilst the hotcakes were priced at a heftier £13), there's definitely something for everyone. I also had a turmeric, pineapple, apple and coconut juice which was amazing (though certainly overpriced at £6.20, however, no regrets).
In general, what really drew me to Granger & Co was the variety within the menu. Middle-eastern touches, sunny Australian classics, there is truly something for everyone. The place itself is really stunning within as well with beautiful, relaxed interiors including the parquet cealing which was divine. This place exudes a truly warm atmosphere, so Granger & Co is somewhere I shall definitely be returning to in the (hopefully, near) future.
Granger & Co
175 Westbourne Grove,
Jumper - Denner
Trousers - Baum und Pferdgarten
Trainers - Adidas
Sunglasses - Rayban
Rings - Rock n Rose (September birth stone and Virgo star sign)
Gold hoop earrings - Rock n Rose
Slightly obsessed with these powder blue 'tracksuit' style trousers that I found in the sale in Wild Swans a few weeks ago. I've never owned a pair of trousers that encompass the sport-luxe trend, but these have thoroughly convinced me to delve in a bit deeper. The fit is so effortless and the feel of the fabric on the skin is amazing due to the fantastic craftsmanship. They almost make you feel as though you're wearing a pair of vintage Adidas trackies from the seventies! They're from the amazing Scandi brand 'Baum und Pferdgarten' and I first saw them in Wild Swans about a year ago, but didn't consider that they could become a huge part of my wardrobe until the Winter sales this year. Unfortunately, these are no longer available on the Wild Swans website, but you can still find them on the Baum und Pferdgarten site for full price.
To make them a bit more in keeping with my own personal style, I paired them with a navy blue cashmere roll neck and my Rayban round sunglasses, but then also added my blue Adidas superstars for an extra little nod to the retro sport luxe feel.
Evening, all! I just got a roll of film developed so have got a few blog posts to share with you over the next week that I'm super excited about, starting with this one that I've been thinking about for a while. I got to thinking recently about how our personal style develops as we get older, but how often we stick to a base look, a uniform as such. It hit me that my uniform of sorts hasn't really changed much since I was about sixteen, and I'm actually really happy about that! For me, nothing feels as right as wearing a pair of vintage 501's with a roll neck jumper. I love the retro yet timeless feel that that combination has, especially when paired with an over-sized blazer and a pair of ankle boots (or, more often than not, a pair of creepers, which definitely has a more 'vintage' feel a la 70's!) So, here we have it - my uniform. The outfit combination I feel most myself, most comfortable and still stylish, in.
An excellent brunch at an excellent establishment with some excellent friends last week! Milk Beach café in Queens Park is one of the cutest new places we have tried out in a while. Their now famous pink latte was so much better than I thought it would be (considering I'm not a fan of chai tea, this was a really excellent cuppa). The brunch menu has a great selection of foods, and at a variety of different price points to suit anyone's needs (ranging from the banana bread with espresso cream cheese at £3.50 all the way to the coddled eggs in a jar at £10.50). My pal Sophie and I both got the coddled eggs in a jar with cream and sweet potato puree and sourdough soldiers, and I can honestly say it was one of the most interesting as well as tasty brunches I have ever had! It was well worth the higher price point and was an absolute delight to eat - super flavourful and filling. Chiara had the avo on toast with goats cheese and Anna had the toast with selection of jams, apparently both equally wonderful as well. I can honestly say that Milk Beach was an absolute delight to say the least, and we will be back asap to try out their wine nights, or maybe we'll come back for another pink latte...or two.
p.s. it was also really nice to check out a different part of the city, and Queens Park did not disappoint, especially from a 35mm photographers point of view :)
p.p.s yes I know I said 'excellent' one too many times, I just really enjoyed it...
MILK BEACH CAFE: 19 Lonsdale Road, London, NW6 6RA
closest stations: Queens Park (4 min walk, Bakerloo and overground lines), Brondesbury Park (8 min walk, overground line)
It's been a while, old chums - but I am back after a break at the end of 2018, ready to smash and bash my way into 2019 with a bang! I cannot tell you all enough how much I've been looking forward to the new year. The new year is a chance to really reboot and start afresh. I'm not one to write resolutions, but I always like to set myself little goals or ideas, and I am beaming with them this time around, so I am very much excited to get cracking.
I'll be writing a blogpost soon about the day these photo's were taken on, along with a new year musing I wrote to myself on January 1st, but for now I really wanted to share this outfit with you all as it comprises of a few new in bits that I have been loving. Let's start with this oversized blazer from & Other Stories, which I bought myself as a gift from me to me. I'd been eyeing it up for well over six months, potentially even a year, and I just couldn't wait any longer. It's so oversized I had to purchase an EU 34 which is usually a UK 6 (for reference I'm usually a size 10, but tend to veer towards 8 in coats), and even then it's still pretty big on me, but I love it. It works so well with my wardrobe and is really well tailored, as well as being surprisingly warm considering I was assuming this would be a Spring piece for me, but it has well and truly served me well thus far even on the colder days.
Secondly, the vans. I have never owned a pair of Vans and after a long time of umming and ahing over the thought, I bought this checkerboard pair from Depop. Needless to say these are probably the most comfortable casual trainers I have ever owned and are so easy to walk in all day, as well as looking bloody brilliant if I do say so myself. They're certainly not a Winter shoe though I must add, but luckily they've served me well on milder days with a pair of thick socks (Weekday stock some amazing ones!)
Finally, this beautiful tangerine jumper from Samsoe & Samsoe. I am a huge fan of Scandi style and after seeing this cosy, fuzzy piece in my all-time favourite boutique Wild Swans, I knew it would be a brilliant addition to my 2019 wardrobe, especially considering the wonderfully bright fruity colour is unlike anything I have in my collection of knitwear. My mum very kindly got me this as my Christmas present (I am eternally grateful) as the price-tag is a little higher than I'd usually go for, but for a piece this beautiful and well crafted, I can't recommend Samsoe & Samsoe enough.
Hope you're all well, and can't wait to let you know what's coming up! x
Thought I’d share a super quick post of these photo’s that were taken on Monday. I took my mum out for a quick lunch at the new No. 17 Dickens Yard in Ealing. One of my all time favourite restaurants (and cocktail spots) is No.197 Chiswick Fire Station, and I only recently discovered that it’s actually a chain! The new spot in Ealing has a lovely relaxed atmosphere (and brilliant interiors) and we enjoyed a light lunch of sharing starters, which consisted of pulled beef tacos (honestly could not recommend this choice enough!!), the crostini with wild mushrooms blue cheese and tarragon, and a ‘guacamole’ salad (which was literally chopped avocado with chilli and a drizzle of lime - not what I expected, but was a damn fine avo to say the least). I also dabbled in a pumpkin spice whiskey hot chocolate which was seriously good and no where near as sweet as I thought it would be, thankfully. Definitely felt a bit merry after this meal and am so glad to have discovered this cute new spot.
I also whipped out this fuschia roll neck which is fast becoming one of my favourite items of clothing. It’s a hand-me-down from my sister and is so cosy yet lightweight, and the colour is absolutely divine. I honestly never considered this could be a flattering colour on my skin tone, but I’m utterly sold, so you’re sure to be seeing more of this soon xo
p.s. HAPPY DECEMBER!!