style / longline denim

Friday, 17 October 2014

asos jacket, h&m jumper (similar), h&m culottes (similar), adidas stan smiths.

Tried to take this photo quickly after coming in from work and it definitely shows. Again, the dying camera comes in to play. In all seriousness, if you have any reasonably priced digital camera recommendations please leave them below. Anyway, it was a painful 3-5 working days waiting for this jacket to arrive all the way from ASOS. Online shopping, how I love thee and your ability to cheer up a gloomy weekday. Oh and I finally managed to pick up some Adidas Stan Smiths. I have no regrets.

style / a guide to lazy dressing

Monday, 6 October 2014

h&m jumper (similar), culottes (similar) and bag. reebok gl 6000.

Lazy dressing is an art form. It's not formulaic, it just happens. What's so lazy about lazy dressing anyway? If anything, it's economical. I have a thousand things to do yet no time to write expansive lists upon lists or check my head and sometimes (read: most of the time) I just want to throw on a pair of trainers and call it a done day. To some degree lazy dressing requires an element of preparation. From hungover mornings, late afternoons to long days in the library here are five things that enable me to press snooze one (or four) more time(s).

01. Invest In Basics
Cover all of the groundwork by investing in some foundations for your wardrobe. Whether it's a t-shirt, jumper or pair of jeans, if the fit is right then explore alternative colour ways. Whilst black, grey, white and navy may work best for me it doesn't necessarily mean you can't pick up the colours that work for you. I may have spent many an hour lusting over a simple ACNE white t-shirt but basics needn't be expensive. My regular high-street haunts? H&M, Monki and occasionally the underworld of Primark (their v-neck boyfriend t-shirts are worth a look).

02. Find Your Footwear
It's hard to imagine wearing those blue suede pointed heeled boots when I can't even manage to open one of my eyes. I have a designated 'can't be dealing with this shit' shoe collection especially for those occasions. Recently I've been reaching for trainers. I'm wearing the Reebok GL 6000 RG above but Adidas Superstars have been pretty much a permanent fixture on my foot of late whilst my New Balance 574 are perhaps the most comfortable shoe I own. Next stop, Adidas Stan Smiths.

03. Plan Ahead
Yeah, it's a pain but it works. I use platforms like Polyvore to like, record and plan outfit ideas. If I'm looking to purchase a particular item I'll think first of how it will integrate into my wardrobe and visualise that later. When I'm pushed for time in the morning I'll have a look through the collages and decide on something simple to wear. Keeping a style board on Pinterest is also helpful for whether you're looking for reference points for outfit planning or a little burst of inspiration.

04. Less Hair Fuss
I rarely 'do' my hair, blow drying is just so excruciatingly boring and frankly, the less heat the better. You may have seen recently over on Twitter that I mentioned I may have became that girl on the bus with wet hair and that pretty sums up my hair styling attitude. A tiny bit of product and a scrunch or piled on top of my head with hair grips, there's not much effort involved.

05. Know Your Accessories
Know your accessories but use them sparingly. Admittedly, my Daniel Wellington Sheffield Watch is barely off my wrist. It's simple, easy and does its job. Your favourite accessory may be a statement necklace or perhaps a small ring. Either way, work with it and adopt it into your lazy dressing mantra. When it comes to bags, whether I'm carrying the contents of a small kitchen or just the basics, I want something that's easy to use. Cross body with a long and sturdy strap is usually my favourite option as it requires minimal effort and doesn't put my back out.

If you liked this post be sure to track my new basics tag including my favourite pieces, wardrobe essentials and high-street tips.

style / missguided city guide

Friday, 3 October 2014

I wouldn't go as far to say it's an urban myth that the relationship between Geordie girls and outerwear is somewhat strained. You'd be hard pressed to find a 'cloakroom' on a night out but with that being said, it gets cold up North and a girls got to protect her immune system the best she can. I've been on the look out for the perfect camel coat but like some modern day (and slightly materialistic) Goldilocks my finds were either not quite long enough, not quite the right shade or not quite my price point.

If you want to have a look at the rest of my collaboration with Missguided including their recent city feature, discovering my favourite places in Newcastle click here.

p.s. apologies for the dodgy quality photos, my camera is on its last legs.

style / the coat

Monday, 22 September 2014

h&m coat (similar) and bag.

The story has a familiar beginning, a quick wander into H&M and as usual the ending seems the same. Before I knew it I was standing at the till thinking, '£24.99, for a coat?!' It's usually sometime in December, dressed head to toe in flimsy material and wearing the same leather jacket on repeat, I find myself questioning when the right (reasonably priced) coat for me is going to find its way into my life. My immune system can rejoice in the fact that this beauty has found its way into my life in September meaning winter colds and Northern rain can step aside.

In response to something I get asked quite a bit on Tumblr I'm introducing a new basics tag to my blog. The basics tag will track all blog posts that feature items that I believe together create a cohesive capsule wardrobe. Through introducing my favourite pieces, wardrobe essentials and giving my thoughts on my favourite high-street brands for design, fit and quality I'm hoping my basics series will provide an edited directory of affordable and realistic style. If you've got any requests, ideas or suggestions for the series I'd love to hear what you have to say over on my Tumblr ask page.

style / shearling touches

Sunday, 14 September 2014

primark coat (similar), topshop camisole (similar), h&m culottes, primark necklace, ante memoria clutch*.

I am a recovering bleach addict. After a turbulent love affair with peroxide I finally decided to bite the bullet and tone down my very damaged and much abused hair. Granted there are times when I lust for pure white but I've come to value my sanity and I've decided my days of damaged, snapped hair and resembling a young Rod Stewart are over. It's been nice knowing you volume 40.

I digress, on to the clothes. When the lovely Jessica of Ante Memoria contacted me about the impending launch of her very own ready to wear clothing and accessories brand I was eager to get on board. Having followed Jessica and subsequently admiring her style for a while I was certain I'd love Ante Memoria and I was not wrong. After a browse through the products I fell in love with this shearling offering which has proven itself as a versatile piece for generally cheering up any drab outfit whilst being the perfect size to store my iPad, laptop and a magazine or two. It's safe to say I'm looking forward to seeing what's next for an exciting new brand like Ante Memoria however I feel like whatever that may be will be a welcome addition to my wardrobe.

You can visit Ante Memoria here or alternatively follow them on Twitter here.