11.4.14

CREATURE OF COMFORT















Charlie May wool bomber | Chapter jacket (worn around waist) | COS silk boiler suit | Vans SK8 Hi 

The past few months I've been struggling to break free from my wearing a turtleneck at all times. It gives me a feeling of comfort, something you all know I feel strongly about (read: sneakers 90% of the time. Not a trend thing, just lazy). This warm weather has forced me to fold and hide my turtlenecks for the time being. They have now been replaced by this Chapter jacket, which is now permanently around my waist. It's a men's small and is a little too big around the shoulders, but it falls perfectly around my calves. Seemingly forever. I wore it with a wool bomber from Charlie May's AW14 collection and the softest silk boiler suit I picked up from COS the other day. Yes, I am a creature of comfort and I am in no way ashamed of it. 

Photos by Charlie

9.4.14

ESTARA








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I usually keep my love for music separate from my site, but when I saw the beautiful artwork for the highly anticipated second full length album from Teebs I couldn't not share it with you. Teebs is a skater, artist, a signature member of Flying Lotus' LA-based record label Brainfeeder, and someone who I've been an avid follower of for quite some time. Basically, he's one of those dudes who's seemingly good at just about everything he loves. Hate those guys. 

Although Teebs visited a handful of beautiful studios in the hills of Los Angeles in the process of creating Estara, he ended up back in his modest bedroom studio and the same Fruity Loops-based set-up that he's been using for years. This is where the record takes its name from. 

Similarly to his music, Teebs' artwork is an undeniable representation of his life at that particular moment. In contrast to Adour, his first full-length album that came together during a difficult time in his life, Estara was created during a period of relative calm. You can see this just by his use of colour. I would say the same for the music itself, but I've chosen not to listen to it digitally and wait for the record to arrive. If Ardour or Collections 01 were anything to go by, I'm not the least bit worried. I'll probably crack and stream it this evening. I have minimal amounts of self control with things I've waited so long for. 

You can buy the album here.

2.4.14

ASTRONOMY












AllSaints leather jacket | COS shirt dress | vintage jeans | Weekday sheer socks | Adidas Campus 

My first shoot on London turf, I'm back baby! I was greeted with beautiful sunshine, followed by a hideous flu. Spent the last few days in bed. So far, so good. I'm addicted to wearing anything calf-length at the moment, with jeans or trousers underneath and a boxy jacket or sweater over the top. It's even lead me towards buying a skirt. Yes, a skirt. London has changed me.

Photos by Charlie

24.3.14

H&M SS14






Although I've been steering away from high street stores recently, H&M has some really nice basics for spring. Here are my favourite pieces from the collection, all under £100?! Even those boots, which need to be on my feet as soon as humanly possible. I've seen them posted on Instagram a couple of times and I don't think this stock image does them any justice, so I'm definitely making a trip to the store to take a closer look (read: buy them). Click here to view the interactive collection and see the video campaign featuring Miranda Kerr. You can hover over the collection images to reveal close up videos to get a closer look too.


17.3.14

PI√ĎATA

















Carhartt overshirt | Lucas Nascimento dress | Topshop slides | Kara 'Stowaway' bag

Met Charlie for an innocent coffee on Saturday. Coffee turned into Leffe Blonde, coffee house turned into a venture to a nearby sample sale and I somehow left with this Lucas Nascimento dress in hand. Note to self: don't drink beer when around Charlie. It's super nice though right? I mean I actually own a dress now, and it can be worn all year round. It also has pockets, which I've realised I need to help avoid unnatural hand placement when I'm not holding something. Another sign of my weird social awkwardness. To ease myself into dress wearing, I paired it with an old Carhartt overshirt I stole from my friend Kyle and some matching pony hair slides. "Are you still on camo?!" my friend asked while laughing at me yesterday. Turns out I am. Pretty much the only print/colour palette I can do comfortably year in, year out. I asked him why he was still on Stan Smiths in response so I definitely won. 

13.3.14

MONTPARNASSE


Charlie May coat | AllSaints sleeveless leather jacket | Acne roll neck | AllSaints silk trousers | Adidas Superstar II | Kara 'Stowaway' bag

Baby post from me today. I'm having some trouble with image quality when uploading to Blogger (which really isn't good for my OCD), and I'm currently in the process of rebranding and changing the host of my site, so if I disappear for a little bit you know why. My patience is running low with it rn (note: rn = right now but way better).

As all of you who follow me on Instagram may have gathered, I spent a lot of time with the babe that is Charlie May while in Paris. Her showroom became my second home/wardrobe, and each day I fell in love with something new from the collection. Trust me, the show was good, but in person? Whole new level of good. Every piece is super wearable too. This floor length navy coat was one of my favourite pieces from the Charlie May AW14 collection, particularly the pony hair detail on the collar and the deep, silk lined pockets I struggled to remove my hands from. I wore this sleeveless leather jacket and the softest, best fitting pair of cropped trousers I've ever owned from AllSaints, a roll neck (obviously) and my Superstars which I've had to replace because my feet are spending far too much time with them rn. 

11.3.14

PFW PHOTO DIARY




So fashion month is now over and I still haven't quite recovered. I'm still exhausted despite embracing a lie-in wherever humanly possible, and I haven't made it out much since I've got back. Still, I kind of miss the constant rush of adrenaline, lack of sleep, and dare I say replacing steady meals with strong coffee, wine and cigarettes. It's exhausting, but the good kind. 

If you haven't been following my Instagram, here's an overview of my Paris travels, including jewellery from Noor Fares and Jennifer Fisher at the Valery Demure showroom, the rooftop hot tub in my Montparnasse apartment thanks to Waytostay and Fashiolista, my second home/wardrobe i.e. Charlie May's showroom and beloved balcony, Karen Walker sunglasses hand delivered from NYC by Bradbury Lewis (you angel), and of course the beautiful Parisian architecture. I swear I spent most of my time looking up. My highlights were definitely wining and dining with Mario Testino (never thought I'd say that in a sentence) and meeting the boys at Public School. I'd been waiting to see their collection in person for quite some time. I didn't actually make it to many shows that I had planned to go to, and instead they were replaced by constant Uber rides, over-running meetings and more wine. I did manage to get through the manic stampede of people outside the Yohji Yamamoto show though, and my god the coats. I use the term coats loosely, they could definitely pass as duvets. Not that I'm complaining or anything.

7.3.14

AUTOPILOT



Acne MA1 jacket | 3.1 Phillip Lim cropped tee | COS roll neck | Topshop culottes | Helmut Lang clutch | Puma Basket sneakers

The first day of spring hit while I was in Paris last weekend, and it couldn't have come at a better time. Thanks to the lovely team at Fashiolista and Waytostay I stayed in the most beautiful apartment in Montparnasse. After a hard day of being fabulous, I had the most comfortable bed, sauna and rooftop hot tub (!?!) to return to. Slightly out of the way, but it allowed us to roam the streets in search for the perfect wall for me to lean against. You know I have a thing for good walls. Plus, who really cares where you are when you have a rooftop hot tub overlooking the city. 

Photos by Charlie May

21.2.14

ALLSAINTS AW14 AT NYFW












One of the presentations during NYFW was of course AllSaints, who very kindly invited me to New York to see the collection. Anyone that has familiarised themselves with the previous aesthetics asssociated with AllSaints, remove any stigma you may have had because this year they have completely transformed as a brand. Their SS14 collection introduced clean lines, boxy cuts and masculine silhouettes, and the AW14 collection is no different. In fact it's better. From cut out detail on camel coats to thick shearling and buttery-soft leather, seeing the looks in the flesh has me counting down the days until we can get our hands on their AW14 collection. I. Want. To. Touch. Everything.

PS. If you, like me, are still looking for the perfect pair of skinny black jeans, your search ends here. I tried on this pair in their Spitalfields store last week and not only do they fit like a dream, I managed to get into a 25 (?!?!). This is unheard of. So now I feel skinny AND fabulous. Feeling super farshun right now.

18.2.14

NYFW AW14






























ph. by Magda Zielasko, Sophie Brown and my iPhone

1 / Meat Packing District streets
2 / Topshop coat, Joseph trousers, Adidas Superstars, COS zip shirt, & Other Stories sweatshirt
3 / Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Lounge (forever thankful for that upgrade)
4 / Views from Greenpoint, Brooklyn
5 / Zara coat, Carhartt overshirt, Diesel Skinzee jeans, Topshop Boutique shirt dress, Zara neoprene sweater and boots, Kara backpack
6 / Vintage jeans, Zara and Topshop coat, Weekday turtleneck, Acne shirt, Finlay & Co wooden sunglasses, Tommy Hilfiger socks, Carshoe derby shoes, Kara stowaway bag

Last week I was invited to New York for my first NYFW by Virgin Holidays, AllSaints (post to follow) and The Surrey Hotel. Disregarding temperatures I didn't even think were possible, the trip was probably the only thing that could leave me longing for next winter. Coats, coats, so many beautiful coats. And boy did you need more than one. At once. Uniqlo Heattech leggings under pretty much everything and North Face Etip gloves were nothing less than an absolute necessity, and the amount of macchiatos I consumed definitely wasn't healthy, but regardless I had an incredible time. In fact I got more out of the trip than I ever could have imagined. Thank you so much to the AllSaints team (particularly Sophie you wonderful person), Virgin Holidays and the staff at The Surrey Hotel for bringing me with you. I met some wonderful people and fell in love with the place, and I'm already planning my next trip. I'll be back soon enough.

P.S. Thank you Tessa from Kara Store for dropping off the Stowaway bag at my hotel. If that isn't New York hospitality I don't know what is!