Boy oh Boy

As my pregnancy progresses, style blogging is becoming more challenging. I’m 6 months gone now and I’m limited in what I can wear; not that I mind. In fact, having very little choice actually saves me a lot of time. I’ve more or less given up on trends for the time being. I’m sure if I worked a little harder my maternity look could be more on trend, but my energy is a precious commodity and I can’t afford to squander it. I found this 70s dress in a vintage shop on Camden Passage and I’m rather pleased with it. It’s really comfy and flows over the bump. I look like I’m trying to channel Mandy Moore in This is Us, but this is co-incidental. I’ll be wearing this frock until May when baby boy […]

Leather and Lace

After weeks of avoiding maternity wear, I’ve finally caved in and bought a couple of maternity dresses. My priorities have changed and comfort is the deciding factor; I can’t bear fabric that’s even slightly scratchy or clingy. This lace dress from Mamalicous is soft and comfy. Looking at these pictures, I think the frock will work better when I’m more heavily pregnant, but it’s so comfortable that I can’t wait to wear it. I’ve layered it under my old faithful leather jacket from Whistles and a 50s vintage faux fur coat (similar here) that’s oversized enough to see me through my pregnancy (similar here and here) . My boots are from &Other Stories (similar here) and my sunglasses are by Versace.

No-go Logos

I went to a school with no uniform, one might have thought that this would have cultivated sartorial creativity, but we all wore more or less the same thing. It was the late 90s/early 00s, and logos were king. Levis jeans, Nike trainers and sweatshirts emblazoned with Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein were highly sought after. Although only the kids from the wealthiest families could afford to wear them. I spent my teenage years feeling like I should conform, but I knew that crass logos were not for me. I found my look when I discovered vintage and I spent many a happy hour rummaging around Camden and Portobello markets. The cool kids thought my enthusiasm for old clothes was weird, but I didn’t care. I never wanted to fit in with them anyway. I’ve been looking for a vintage […]

Velvet Underground

Years ago, I saw a beautiful 1930s vintage, midnight blue velvet dress on Ebay. I lost the ensuing bidding war, much to my disappointment. Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect velvet dress, and at last I’ve found it. This frock by Katya Dobryakova is from The Place London, a brilliant boutique on Connaught Street. I love the classic Stevie Nicks vibe, and the sumptuous fabric is very comfortable. I’ve styled the look with a vintage belt and an old pair of boots from Topshop (similar here and here). The Place London is my favourite new shop, I’ll be writing more about this later in the week.

Budget Frumps

There’s nothing quite like the pleasure of a finding bargain, this 70s vintage dress was £10 on Ebay and I’m thrilled  with it. I like clothes that are just on the right side of frumpy; I love the pie-crust collar and the feather print. I’ve worn it with a pair of Mary Janes by Joanne Stoker.    

The Key of Life

I was gutted when Prince died, not quite as sad as I was when David Bowie passed away, but still. Good music embeds itself in the soul and becomes an essential part of life’s journey. It has the power to to heal a broken heart and celebrate the good times. It’s as though the musician is singing directly to you, beaming straight into your emotional life. When the person who provided the music dies, you feel as though you’ve lost a friend. From Purple Rain to Kiss, Prince was the soundtrack of my teens and twenties. I bought this blouse in Dawn O’Porter’s brilliant vintage boutique, BOB. The colour and ruffles scream Prince, which pleases me greatly. It’s impossible to rock this little beauty without a spring in my step; I wore it out the other day with I Wanna be Your Lover cranked up high on my […]

Golden Girls

I often like to dress like an old lady; pussy bows, long sleeved vintage dresses and demure skirts in loud colours are right up my street. I think that when I hit my golden years, my style will really come into its own. I love the brazen flamboyance of style mavens like Iris Apfel, and the other venerable birds of paradise featured on Advanced Style, which is one of my favourite blogs. The influence of Alessandro Michelle at Gucci means that Granny Chic is having a bit of a moment, but I’ll be wearing this look long after the trend dissipates. I bought the blouse from Reformation last year (similar here), the skirt is 50s vintage from Etsy, and my shoes are by Joanne Stoker.

Holiday Dress

I’ve loved vintage clothes since I was a teenager, when I rummaged through Camden Market on the hunt for second-hand bargains. I bought this 70s dress from Etsy and I love it, but I’ve hardly ever worn it in London as it feels a bit much for the city. It reminds me of a doll-shaped toilet roll cover that one might have bought in a Spanish souvenir shop, 20 years ago. Not that I mind. It’s rare that I pay attention to dressing appropriately, however I think this frock feels more suited to the Sardinian landscape. Saying that, I’m sure I’ll wear it in London again before the summer is out.    

Wedge Salad

It will be no surprise to anyone who’s followed my blog that I have a rather extensive wardrobe. Most of the things hanging in my closet are cheap vintage and high-street finds. I need to clear out the extraneous clutter and utilise the stuff I already have. I’m not a hoarder as a general rule, but I find it difficult to part with clothes. I remember who I was with, where I was and what I was doing with pretty much everything I own. I found these wedges (similar here) lurking under a pile of old stuff and I’d forgotten how much I liked them. They elevate me to over six feet tall, but I don’t mind being a giantess. I’ve worn them with a top and skirt from Zara, which are perfect for the muggy weather we’re having […]

Bobbing along

I’ve loved vintage clothes for as long as I can remember. Although I don’t have time to go rummaging through Camden and Portobello markets anymore, my style is still very influenced by 20th century fashion. The 50s and 70s are my favourite decades, primarily because clothes from those eras suit me. I think that personal style evolves out of a combination of the things you love, and what works on your body. This skirt is by Dawn O’Porter’s brand BOB. I met Dawn last week at a party thrown by Benefit Makeup, where she had a pop-up shop. I was so impressed by the gorgeous colour and quality of this 70s inspired skirt that I couldn’t resist snapping it up. I’ve worn it with a cropped t-shirt (similar here) and block sandals by Senso. I’ll wear […]

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